The 49ers ran their perfect non-winning road streak to 4 games Sunday by flying to St. Louis and straight into the Rams windshield, where they were scraped off 27-6. In losing their sixth game in eight tries, the 49ers put some distance between themselves and any challengers for the NFC West basement.
It was yet another impressive performance of ineptitude and it looks like these lads and their coaches are getting this awfulness act down to a science. For the second straight game, the Niners did not get into the end zone. They did double their FG output from the previous game, from one to two, but two guys on the Rams ran straight up the middle for long TDs, while the 49er running backs gained 10 yards on 15 carries.
Needless to say, the Niners had to abandon the running game and take to the air. Colin Kaepernick dropped back 41 times, completed 20, averaged four yards per attempt, and did no damage at all to the Rams defense.
The play that got fans buzzing the most, though, perfectly illustrated the woefulness of this team and its coaches. With the ball at Niners’ two yard line, the Rams were so convinced Niner OC Geep Chryst would call a run that they didn’t bother to cover either Torrey Smith or Jerome Simpson, who were both split out wide, jumping up and down, waving their arms, drooling, etc. Kaepernick noticed them not at all. Blank. Zero. Tunnel vision. Robot at the wheel. Into the line went the RB for -1 yards.
After the game, HC Jim Tomsula once again hogged all the credit for the team’s dysfunction. While it’s true his little rat fingers were complicit in bringing about this mess, and he certainly has no idea what he’s doing over there on the sidelines staring blankly off into his unemployed future, let’s be honest: the little round headed kid is the guy who deserves just about all of the credit.
We’re getting close to team wide melt down time. It’s been inching its way into view ever since the Pittsburgh game in week two, the game that woke up the undiscerning fans and gave them a clue that all might not be right in Santa Clara. The players who thought it was great having s nice coach who didn’t work them too hard last summer are seeing the results. You don’t win games in the NFL by being comfortable and happy.
And you don’t win games with substandard coaches, substandard players, substandard front office personnel, and a substandard owner. All you win with that jackpot of crappiness is membership in Bottom Feeders, Inc.