The Answer is Special Teams, Training Staff, Consistency, the Draft

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.

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15 Responses to The Answer is Special Teams, Training Staff, Consistency, the Draft

  1. unca_chuck says:

    RIP Robbie Shakespeare.

  2. NJ49ER says:

    I don’t see anyone giving up much for Jimmeh Chuck.
    Everyone knows we have ZERO leverage, but for, (perhaps), a desperate partner like the Texans with ties to Belichick.
    Our lack of a qualified GM explains the numerous reaching and, over valued selection gaffs to date.
    Coaching and training issues abound as well.

    Stop our running game, put it on Jimmeh and, we’re exposed for the mediocre product we are.

    I’d be shocked to survive a Playoff run at this point.

    Call in Les Nessman for a play by play.
    We seem to have a flair for a neophyte-ish image of reality.

  3. Winder says:

    This year is worse than most when we play like crap. We had such promise when the year started and it fizzled out so quick that it took me awhile to realize how bad we are. Anyway, being a 49er fan is just like being a Giants fan we have had a lot more down years than up. I try not to take this stuff to seriously and for the most part I can shake it off. That is what I am doing now. I am ready to start over. I figure Cincy will beat us by two scores.

  4. Irish Kevin says:

    So I am watching Pitts and Minn,, Pitt down by a TD, who has the ball to win, The QB, and he is not handing off the ball to a running back. Granted Pitt lost but they were not running the ball to try and win. Jimmy G cannot handle the pressure of being the MAN. Kyle certainly has the weapons to win close games. Kyle’s plan is to have long drawn out drives. But when that does not work he does not have a plan B. Also how come the Niners don’t have a pass catching back. So even if Trey knew Kyles playbook forward and backward, unless Kyle starts using all of his weapons. It won’t matter who the QB is.

  5. NJ49ER says:

    This is fukn sad….RIP DT
    Demaryius Thomas passes away at 33

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. Heard that last night.. Didn’t get any details but rporst say he was having health issues.

    Injury report: Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) remained out of practice. He was injured against the Vikings on Nov. 28. …

    Running back Elijah Mitchell (concussion, knee), linebacker Dre Greenlaw (groin), defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf) and running back Trenton Cannon (concussion) also remained out of practice.

    Running back Jeff Wilson (knee) was a full participant after he was limited Wednesday.

    We have ONE RB!!!

    Without all those guys, Jimmy G HAS to play a clean game.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Mitchell is officially out of the Cincy game.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Fairly bland take, but that’s true for oh, 80% of the teams in the NFL. Sure, teams pass more than us, but most teams still try to set the tone by being able to run. Shit, NE was able to get away from that model with Brady, but even then, teams like the NY GIants could control the clock with their own running game and beat NE with pressure.

    Our problem is Jimmy’s inconsistncy.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s Deebo’s take on the Seattle game:

    “I’m really screaming at the TV. Probably the same thing everyone else was doing at home when they were watching that game.”

  10. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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