Another desultory loss that looked like a Shanahan special. The team was slow off the bat giving up a long TD drive, and immediately shot themselves in the foot with the scoop and score fumble by Jeff Wilson. The offense did get clicking with 2 nice TD drives capped by Brandon Aiyuk TDs, but that was it for the O.
Jimmy hit what should have been 2 big plays but a deep pass to Woerner was dropped for what would have been a 35 yard catch, and I don’t fucking remember who dropped another 20 yard pass. Instead of 2 big plays, we got 2 drive-killing drops. Why isn’t Kittle on that route? I don’t know. Blocking?
By the end of the 3rd quarter, the D was getting hurt more and more, and they just couldn’t stop Mariota and the Atl run game. As much as the end of the game turned into the usual Shanahan panic show, and Jimmy throwing a pick into tight coverage, and a complete lack of clock management down the stretch of the 4th quarter, a lot of the blame simply goes to the defense being wiped out by injuries. The wonderful turf saw players going down nearly every play from the 3rd quarter to the end.
But Jimmy did throw the obligatory pick late in the 3rd to quash any hope we had by throwing into double coverage. Our lone good drive late was a travesty of penalties and wasted time until the horrible plays on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1. The kiss of death for Shanny.
If you think you are gonna go for it on 4th down, you try something more than the run up the fucking middle. Play action? Nope. Let’s lose half a yard and then, much like the Raiders in Monday night, crash 2 WRs into each other and throw the 4th down pass into the scrum. Brilliant. Shanahan continues to look like a deer in the headlights during crunch time. And Jimmy obliges by throwing into coverage too much late.
Fuck me. The team looked lazy, unprepared, and were outplayed on both sides of the ball.