Can you? Can you? It’s a pretty depressing thought when you think about how this season has unfolded. Fucking Matt Eberflus of the Bears out-coached Shanny in his FIRST NFL GAME as head coach. Then Shanahan proceeds to get his future quarterback killed running him on draw plays the next week. It is beyond baffling to me how this team full of talented stars is mired in quicksand. Everyone said at the time that the team was better off with Jimmy at the helm. Really? I didn’t buy it at the time, and I sure don’t buy it now. I certainly don’t think Lance would fumble this much or take near as many sacks. Would that tip the scales? Hard to say, but we had leads in all these games that were pissed away by mistakes.
Would Lance throw more picks? Possibly, but 4 in 5.5 games is nothing to write home about. So I get that 50% of the problems with this team stem from Jimmy Garoppolo and his inability to learn from his mistakes. But that 50% that Shanahan is responsible for is also holding this team back. Shanahan has NO IDEA how to change on the fly. The Atlanta game was a perfect example of that. With 10 minutes remaining, down two TDs and on the 12 yards line (penalty of course), Shanahan goes on a methodical slow drive and eat 8 minutes of clock, and then faces the dreaded 3rd and 1.
You know the rest. Where’s the no-huddle? I sit there and scream at the TV “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?!?”
Still and all has there ever been a pair of guys who routinely fuck up and face no consequences? I really wish the media would call out Shanahan harder on why the team, 5 years into his tenure, is still making basic errors like false starts, illegal formations, and offsides. I wish the media would ask Jimmy “why do you constantly throw into triple coverage when the prudent move would be to throw the ball away?” If Lance was making these mistakes, the outcry would be deafening.
It already happened. Lance was labelled a bust after playing a shakey game in week one in a hurricane in Chicago. Jimmy plays an equally shitty game in Denver the next week, and the excuse machine went from 0 to surely you can’t be serious in 10 seconds.
The inconsistency is absolutely insane. Shanahan does his goddamn pressers after the game mumbling about the execution and gee we got to clean up those pesky penalties. Gee, Kyle, I think the league has caught on to the fact you run on 3rd and 1 about 99% of the time. Or how you abjectly refuse to use plays that work. Kylke put the Jet Sweep on the map, and ever since the 1st half of the (FUUUUUUCK!!) Super Bowl has simply refused to run that play. Deebo up the middle? Sure. Fuck me sideways.
Now we have the Rams. We look to be in the same spot we were last season. 3-5 and searching for answers. I don’t know, man. It seriously bums me out that the team is cratering before our eyes here and the media and fans are simply accepting it. The team is leaderless and rudderless.
Can they turn it around like last year? No clue. Even at this rate we still may crawl into the playoffs. The league is full of .500 teams so there’s that. I just see this team continuing the same pattern of hihghs and lows and ultimate failure.
Where’s Bluto when you need him?