Twelve games into the 2015 season, the 49ers have yet to win so much as two games in a row. They’ve lost four in a row, and have a couple of two game losing streaks, but all four victories this year have been onesies and donesies.
They’ll have no better opportunity than this weekend against possibly the worst team in the NFL — the Cleveland Browns — to finally put up a two game streak. If two games can actually be called a “streak.” For this year, and this club, it will have to do.
The Browns got off to a 2-3 start this year, then lost seven in a row. Their two victories were against the Titans and Ravens, a couple of teams like the Niners that are in the mix for a top ten pick in the 2016 draft. For the Browns, that’s pretty much a yearly occurrence. It’s a place where players, coaches, and GMs go to die.
On the bright side, however, if the Niners somehow lose this Sunday, they’ll be officially eliminated from the playoffs. Or if both Seattle and Minnesota win, it would be bye-bye Niners. We’re talking officially here, of course. Unofficially, they were eliminated last January when Jim Tomsula replaced Jim Harbaugh and everybody worth a shit skedaddled away from the franchise.
If Jed York thinks last week’s firing/demotion/reassignment/dismembering of Paraag Marthe is going to be all he needs to do to appease the disgruntled masses at season’s end, he’s got another … well, maybe he’s right. We are talking about “masses” after all. They tend to slurp down any horseshit spread out on the table in front of them.
And the feel good atmosphere at Centennial Blvd. this week seems to indicate that four victories is all Jim Tomsula needed to achieve to keep his job. Anything more will be deemed a roaring success. Never mind that a 2-5 start got Mike Nolan fired and a 5-10 mark got Mike Singletary canned. And last, but not least, Harbaugh’s 49-21-1 record earned him a pink slip. But here we have Tomsula, the worst HC of the lot, being hailed for a 4-8 record.
Obviously, we’re not dealing with a football organization here. Or any other entity related to sanity and competence.