Halfway through the season, the Niners have become the musical chairs franchise. QBs in, QBs out. RBs in, RBs out. CBs in, CBs out. TEs in, TEs out. RG and RT in and out and in and out. Apparently, our new coaching staff has trouble figuring out who to play and why. Decisions that are normally made in the offseason OTAs and Training Camp.
Tank Carradine was drafted at OLB weight, beefed up to DT weight, and now Jim Tomsula, his former coach on the D-line, is thinking, after three years of evaluating him, that Tank needs to find some other weight or role. Decisive leadership and coaching acumen at work. Perhaps it wasn’t the best use of a second round pick on a guy who couldn’t play for a year and was better suited to a 4-3 DE instead of the Niners’ 3-4.
It was a tough week for Colin Kaepernick. At least in the public arena. A bit testy on the blogs, you might say. If anyone on the planet failed to weigh in on his worth or lack of it, they’re probably soccer fans. Privately, maybe Kap is relieved to let someone else bear the brunt of Trent Baalke‘s blunders.
Hopefully, newly installed QB Blaine Gabbert is enjoying his new found respect and its prolonged timeline due to the BYE week. Next up is a trip to Seattle, where Blaine may find a more challenging venue to exhibit his momentarily resurrected career. Kaepernick has never won a game in Seattle, so a Blaine victory there would be quite an achievement. Or it could be three interceptions, two fumbles, and an inglorious end to the Gabbert Era. Pretty exciting stuff, considering how pathetic everything else is this year.
Nobody but the punter has contributed from the 2015 draft, although Jaquiski Tartt has recently played well relieving Antoine Bethea. The 2014 class has stepped up this year, with Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Kenneth Acker, Aaron Lynch, and Bruce Ellington playing well. Marcus Martin is playing like the worst center in the league, and Brandon Thomas is playing like a guy who isn’t playing at all. Thomas is the biggest disappointment, since it is obvious Baalke had him penciled in as Mike Iupati‘s replacement and he can’t even beat out Jordan Devey.
The only consistency so far this season is the Niners’ offense plays okayish against poor defenses and plays like a dog against good defenses. The defense plays good at home and lousy on the road. This is life for 6-10 type teams. They can beat another 6-10 team once in awhile, and lose almost every game against a decent team. All three of the 49ers’ wins have come at home. All four road games have been losses.
In the final seven games, the Niners face four good teams with good defenses, and three beatable teams that are just about as bad as the Niners are. Unfortunately, all three beatable teams are road games. Good luck getting three more victories this year. Good luck getting even two more wins. Do I hear one?