It was fun watching other teams lose Sunday. The Seahawks got beat by the Chiefs, the Eagles creamed by the Packers, and the Rams wiped out Denver.
It was not much fun watching the 49ers win. In fact, somewhere late in the third quarter, I finally and reluctantly admitted to myself what has been obvious all year: our offense sucks and it’s not going to get any better. So unless the defense turns into the 2000 Ravens, there’s just no chance this team can win a Super Bowl this year.
Against the Giants, one of the worse defenses in the league, the 49ers managed ONE measly touchdown. They made four trips to the Giants’ Red Zone, or near it, in the first half and scored 9 points and a fumble. In the second half, outside of the OMG 48 yard TD to Michael Crabtree, they again shut down completely and ineptly. Ten games into the season, and they have not yet scored a TD in the fourth quarter at all.
For the day, the defense picked off five Eli Manning passes, but turned that into only 3 points, and stopped the Giants on 3 4th down efforts. And with all of that, we win by six effing little points. Sheesh. Booooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
After the game, Frank Gore praised the 49ers’ defense, then added, “As an offense, once we start playing better in the 2nd half, we can go a long way.”
No offense to the great man, but this is the second half, Frank, and your offense is no better than the awful it’s been all year. Maybe Frank meant the second half of games. Why the team would suddenly figure out this dilemma after ten straight failures seems more than a little optimistic.
Leave it to the old pro Justin Smith to come up with a far more accurate assessment regarding the team. “[Chris Borland] is playing out his mind.” Borland only had 13 tackles in this game, down from his usual 17+, but he did have two interceptions.
The blogosphere seems evenly split between whether the team needs a new offensive coordinator or a new quarterback, but it’s a moot point. Neither is going to happen this year. How the team has managed to win six games so far is a bona fide mystery.
They’re gonna manage to win the next game, too. That will set up a Thanksgiving game against the Seahawks that will officially expose which of these two pretenders will be sitting out the playoffs this year. Maybe they both will, but one of them gets eliminated that Thursday.