The 49er players have now firmly taken a back seat to the 49er front office in terms of scrutiny and speculation. The rest of the season will be less and less about whether the team wins or loses games, and more and more about what to do with the mess at the top of the organization.
Or more precisely, what sort of spin job Jed York and Trent Baalke are going attempt to foist off on the fans. Because there really isn’t anything that can be done with the FO dysfunction. York won’t abdicate. Baalke won’t get fired. Paraag Marthe is not going anywhere. And who cares what happens to Jim Tomsula? All we can do is watch these morons squirm. Some of us will enjoy it, some of us will be outraged.
In the meantime, Arizona comes to town this Sunday, fresh off two last minute wins over Seattle and Cincinnati. Maybe they’ll be overconfident facing the lowly Niners. Not likely with Bruce Arians as their HC. They squoished us 47-7 in September, sending former QB Colin Kaepernick into a death spiral and fans expecting a decent season into shock therapy centers throughout the Bay Area.
It’s a home game, so the 49er defense should play much better this time around. Although that unit may have thrown in the towel. Run stopping was the one consistent forte of the defense, but Glenn Dorsey tore his ACL early in last week’s Seattle game, and the Seahawks proceeded to run wild for the rest of the game.
The 49er offense is feeling more pumped the past two games with Blaine Gabbert taking over from Kaepernick. And they have clearly played better. But, let’s face it, they still have only managed a 17 point effort against the Falcons and 13 points against the Seahawks. Not exactly a scary, HOF caliber unit.
A more efficient offense won’t save this season, but it may delude the York/Baalke team about next year’s needs. Not that they need anything much to trigger delusional thinking, since that is pretty much a way of life with these fellows.
If the defense turns in another shoddy effort this weekend and gets blown out at home, it could be the final nail in Tomsula’s coffin. If he was supposed to know anything — and our researchers have yet to uncover any evidence he does know anything — it was his boys on defense that didn’t consider him just another meathead D-line coach. If they’ve quit on him, it’s over for the Catawba College wannabe.