The 49ers kept their road record perfect on Sunday in Seattle, losing 29-13 for their fifth consecutive road loss. Once again, it was the defense that led the way to defeat as Seahawks backup RB Thomas Rawls bulled through them for 209 yards on 30 carries. QB Russell Wilson was nearly perfect himself, completing 24 of 29 passes and throwing for 3 TDs.
The only bright spot for the 49ers was the offense. Not that it was bright necessarily, but that it existed. Seattle roared out to a twenty to nothing lead in the first half, but with two minutes left in the half, newly installed QB Blaine Gabbert led a 9 play, 92 yard drive in a minute and a half, ending with an actual TD to an actual Vance McDonald — the first TD of Vance’s three year career. Zounds!
In the second half, the offense pulled to within ten points, making a game that seemed destined for the slaughter house suddenly a bit of a nail biter. Seattle doused that fantasy by leading off the fourth quarter with a TD drive that put the game out of reach and the 49er offense back into its usual coma.
The loss ran the Niners’ record to 3-7 and kept them one game ahead of the Rams in the race for the NFC West basement. The game also showcased the season long Jekyll and Hyde performance of the defense. Tough at home and titty on the road. This must be a coaching issue. Fire them all!
A 3-7 type of record got Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary fired during the season. What’s Jed York waiting for? Nobody would complain about sending Jim Tomsula packing. It might be a huge ass embarrassment to York and GM Trent Baalke to shit can their personally anointed head coach, but isn’t 3-7 a huge ass embarrassment, too?
But York and his FO minions are too busy now generating leaks that disparage former QB Colin Kaepernick. It’s not enough for them to bench the guy, then put him on IR. No, they have to make him the scapegoat for the entire season. This is the same stunt they pulled last year on Jim Harbaugh. Nothing is their fault or Tomsula’s fault or Baalke’s fault. Some people bought into last year’s character assassination of Harbaugh, but it’s dubious that many will slop down an attempt to make this year’s failings all the fault of Kaepernick. After all, Kaepernick don’t play defense, do he?
Seattle won the game, but they can’t be feeling too good about themselves. Their defense allowed Blaine Gabbert(?!) to rack up 264 yards passing against them. You can’t go to a Super Bowl leaking that bad.
Next up, the 49ers face the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals in a home game. Gabbert clearly outplayed Kaepernick versus Seattle, can he do the same against Arizona. It might not be too difficult, since the previous Cardinal game was the four pick disaster that seemed to ruin what little remaining confidence Kaepernick had.