And the question is, Alex, what the fuck is wrong with the 49ers THIS year? As year 5 of the Kyle Shanahan regime staggers along, here we are once again down to a 4th running back we signed off the street in Brian (don’t call me Shaun) Hill, our team is injured up the wazoo, and the offense alternates between solid and terrible. We have no cornerbacks worth a damn as we banked on an oft-injured Jason Verrett (who lasted one game), Moseley is hurt, over-the-hill Josh Norman has been sucking large, and we even went to an even more over-the-hill Dre Kirkpatrick for a game or 3.
Sermon is hurt, Wilson is hurt, Mostert is of course hurt, and Hasty is coming off a high ankle sprain of his own. Mitchell suffered a knee injury along with his concussion last week, so again we are waiting until game day to see who our RB on the day is.
The Sermon pick in the draft looks like a complete waste when you see how well Mitchell is doing. It really seems like the guys we trade up for are immediately put into the dog house and must fight to leave it. Speaking of corners, the two CBs we DID draft have done little to nothing. Ambry Thomas, the 3rd round pick has yet to see the field as he recovers from not playing (??????) in 2020 and, 13 weeks into this season has yet to reach game shape. Demoniere Lenoir is not good at all and looks to be a wasted pick as he gives up PIs and catches like a seasoned over-the-hill vet (Norman). Throw in injured linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner and you get the idea. Yes, football is a violent game, but whatever this training staff is doing to prepare these guys for football, it ain’t working.
The offense fluxuates between decent and horrible. The defense has been all over the place as well. Azeez Al-Shaair has been an unexpected bright spot recently, except the the horrible game he (and the whole defense) played against the injury-laden Cardinals. Special teams have been a disaster these last few games, and still we are in the playoff hunt at 6-6. Huzzah for the new playoff format.
Point to all this is, what are we? When we can run, we look pretty decent. Until Jimmy G throws a misbegotten pass to the wrong team. Jimmy says he wishes he could take one throw back from the Seattle game. My response was, I saw about 6 that he shouldn’t have thrown. Yeah, he’s pretty much a lame duck out there this season, but his happy-go-lucky approach doesn’t work when he is blindly chucking passes to no one in particular.
I guess his trade value would be better if he did better and we at least looked competent entering the playoffs, but we are at the point this season where one more loss puts us out of the playoff picture. Might be the time to at least give Lance a start. Hard to go back and forth with your QBs, but what exactly are we getting out of Jimmy but a half-assed effort? Starting Lance against a beateble Falcons team may be a start.