The 49ers set an NFL record Sunday in Detroit: most offside penalties in one half. Six. And that’s your 49er highlights for the game!
They also nailed themselves to the basement floor in the NFC West. Next week, the team will attempt to finish dead last in the entire NFL! They’ll probably do their part to attain this mark of shame, but the Browns and Titans have been sucking a lot longer than the Niners, so it will be tough to under perform them.
The 49er running game again functioned reasonably well, despite an ever changing cast of characters from one week to the next. Perhaps this has something to do with RB coach Tom Rathman, the only decent coach on the team. Clearly, if the Niners are going to become top dog at the bottom of the league, Rathman must go!
The Niners did try out a new method for stinking Sunday. Normally, they suck in the first half, fall behind by a couple of TDs, then rally futilely in a garbage time second half. Yesterday, however, they played competitively in the first half, then reverted to ineptitude in the second half. HC Jim Tomsula continues to show great versatility when it comes to losing games, in marked contrast to his predecessor.
After the game, in response to a question about whether Detroit was a “step ahead of the Niners,” Tomsula replied: “I don’t know if they were a step ahead. Obviously, they were a step ahead of me.”
It’s possible to admire a guy who knows he’s lousy and can admit it. If this were an AA meeting or a man stepping into a confessional. But this is the NFL, where nice guys finish last. So the only ones who can admire this frankness are owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke, who are even lousier at their jobs than Tomsula is at his, and are more than willing to let Tomsula grab the spotlight and take the blame.
One game left for the 2015 49ers. Next Sunday, at home against the St. Louis Rams. The last home game against the Bengals the stadium was only 35% full. Can we go lower next week? Will there be another anti-York banner flying above the stadium? What passes for suspense in the land of the red and gold disaster.