In a battle of bleeding franchises, the 49ers leaked less than the Ravens Sunday, stopping their four game losing streak and notching their second win of the 2015 season. With the loss, the Ravens put themselves in contention for a top five pick in next year’s draft and pushed the 49ers out of that select group of worthless entities.
For the second straight week, QB Colin Kaepernick faced a team with no pass rush and no secondary and the man from snowless Turlock once again excelled. The next team the Niners face with these two ingredients available will be sometime next season.
Also for the second straight week, Anquan Boldin got behind his defender and caught a long pass. This has not happened since Anquan was in high school and could actually outrun a few fellows once in awhile.
Niner coaches deserve some kudos for recognizing that all their offseason plans were horseshit and scrapping them in favor of what the previous regime had used. Out went the two tight end fixation and back in went FB Bruce Miller. Miller responded by catching three passes for 89 yards. Vance McDonald was the only TE to catch a pass, which went for 10 yards. The team’s leading receiver, TE Garrett Celek, was mercifully shut out along with Vernon Davis, who is almost completely invisible these days.
The biggest juice to the 49er offense came from the fortuitous cutting of malcontent CB Shareece Wright, who was then signed by the desperately in need Ravens just in time to get torched by Torrey Smith, and anybody else the Niners sent in his direction. GM Trent Baalke wasted his money on Wright playing for the Niners, but got some worth out of it by Wright playing for the Ravens.
The real test for the Niners new and improved look comes this Thursday night against their nemesis, the Seattle Seahawks. These two former NFC West powers strangely now find themselves tied for last in the division heading into the game, with identical 2-4 records. It’s probably fair to say the loser of this game will be effectively eliminated from any chance at making the playoffs.
Which brings up an interesting question: what would be more shocking, that the 49ers could actually win this game, or that the Seahawks could actually lose it? Will Jed York be hovering over his Twitter feed ready to tweet “acceptable” or “unacceptable”? Is York even brave enough to attend the game?