For most of the first half, the 49ers and Bengals held a punting contest. Very scintillating viewing. Then quite suddenly, with five minutes left until halftime, the Bengals put up 21 points. One TD came after an Anquan Boldin fumble at the 49er 20 yard line, the next came after Bradley Pinion shanked an eighteen yard punt that set the Bengals up at the 49er 36, and then another when Vance McDonald clobbered an intended pass into the hands of a Bengals’ linebacker. Sic transit punting duel, sic transit game.
After intermission, the Bengals roared down the field and kicked a FG to make it 24-0, then sat on the ball the rest of the second half, daring the 49ers to catch them. This did not occur, although the team did achieve its standard garbage time output of 14 points.
With the loss, the Niners reached double digit defeats for the first time since Mike Singletary‘s final year in 2010. This ignominious achievement did not go unnoticed by the 49er FO, who trotted out COO Al Guido during halftime to announce that Jed York and Trent Baalke were comfortable going forward with Jim Tomsula.
Guido has never uttered a peep until now, so we apparently have a new voice of bullshit within the building. Whether “going forward” meant “the next two games” or “all of 2016” was not specified, but likely means the latter.
Gosh, how reassuring.
And it might be worth pointing out that Tomsula still has two years remaining on his contract, so firing him would cost the Yorks $7 million. The Yorks are not known for parting with their nickels willingly. GM Baalke’s contract runs through next year, too, so he’ll no doubt get another draft to screw up before his tenure comes under York review.
Don’t know who owns the concession revenue at the Santa Clara stadium, but it’s probably safe to predict times will be very lean in the coming years. Yesterday’s crowd was barely 50% capacity, down to about 30% in the second half. If that. WR Torrey Smith summed it up better than he catches passes: “I don’t blame them … Who wants to sit there and watch that?”
The self-flagellationists among us will take heart that Tomsula may actually have a longer run as 49er HC than his predecessor Jim Harbaugh had. After all, Baalke’s drafts and decisions have gutted the roster of talent and leadership. It might be years before this is rectified. So what does it matter which doofus stands on the sideline looking lost in a foreign city? Especially if he is earning a minimum wage NFL coaching salary.
And if that doesn’t make your Christmas merry, there’s always the Golden Gate bridge swan dive.