I thought I’d feel okay if the 49ers lost Sunday’s game against Dallas, as long as the team was respectable. They were, but I’m not. Losing sucks. Especially when you have a chance to win and don’t. Something that the 49ers have accomplished with numbing regularity the past few years.
Once again, we have a team with no pass defense, no pass blocking, no run blocking, and a better than average pass rush but not a dominant one. The only part of the game the 49ers do well year in, year out, is stuff the run. Nice. But no cigar in the fourth quarter when teams zoom by us time after time. All of which has us endlessly stuck in mediocrity. A team that can hang with anybody for three quarters, then stink out the place in the fourth. Neither the offense nor the defense can close out a game.
The team looked good in the first half, offensively and defensively, all the way up to that super dumb offsides penalty by Ahmad Brooks, which gave the Cowboys one more play, which turned out to be a touchdown that brought them right back into the game, just before half time. From that point on, it was all Cowboys. Our offensive line promptly turned into a sieve and so did the secondary.
Maybe we’ll get better as the year goes along, but yesterday made it clear there are no coaching miracles in Jim Harbaugh’s hidden bag of tricks. Nor Vic Fangio’s. There are no miracles available to a team that just can’t pass block. Period. There might have been some inspirational gems dialed up yesterday, but they would have been buried from view by yet another avalanche descending on our helpless QB. Maybe the O-line will improve, but that has become a yearly mantra, and sounds pretty hollow at the moment. It would take a QB as mobile and elusive as Michael Vick to make this offense a force right now, and Alex Smith is not that guy. Smith might thrive behind a solid O-line, but there won’t be one here this year, or maybe next year either.
It hurts to admit it, but the Cowboys are a lot better than the 49ers. They didn’t show up to play till almost half time, and still beat us. They have two rookies on their O-line, but those two held up well enough for Tony Romo to put up 200 yards of passing in the fourth quarter. That is obscene. Of course, much of that yardage was YAC generated by their receivers running free in our secondary, both before and after the catch.
Even the 49er fans sucked Sunday, as an estimated 33% of the crowd were Cowboys fans, who had obviously bought their tickets from 49er fans who valued an ROI on their ticket price more than rooting for the team. Shameful. Embarrassingly shameful.
Maybe it’s just the usual Monday depression after a Sunday loss, but I feel like I’ve hit the wall in measuring games by “progress” rather than “victory.” Just win, baby. And Sunday, the 49ers didn’t.