The Jeckyll and Hyde 49ers return home this weekend to play the Cowboys, hoping the Doctor is in and not the other guy.
The howls have already begun to yank Blaine Gabbert and try one of the other bust QBs on the roster. As though the QB was the only thing wrong with the team. What a hoot.
The past two opponents have put 46 and 37 points on the board against the Niner defense. There’s no QB in DEFENSE. In addition, there’s no WR in OFFENSE. Not the 49er offense, anyway. The team has no skill position players. Carlos Hyde is the only Niner player anyone has to defend against. And he’s averaging 3.9 yards per carry. A stat vastly inflated by garbage time yards last Sunday.
Twenty years ago, Niners vs Cowboys was a big time game. Now it’s on the schedule because each team finished dead last in its division in 2015. Of the two teams, the Cowboys seem to have a brighter future this year than our boys. Much of that rosier outlook is due to 4th round QB pick Dak Prescott, who’s played very well during Tony Romo‘s annual trip to the repair shop.
The 49ers could have drafted Prescott, but GM Trent Baalke, picking two spots ahead of the Cowboys, took yet another CB, Rashard Robinson, who’s been mostly a special teams player this year. When you’re getting your butt kicked in the draft by Jerry Jones, it might be time to consider another line of work.
Dallas does not have a good defense, their O-line is a bit banged up, and Dez Bryant is nursing a hairline fracture to his right knee. So the Niners are catching them at a good time. They thought they were getting Seattle at a good time last week, though, and look how that turned out.
Below are two pics showing the well designed and executed second play of the Seattle game.
The first pick shows Doug Baldwin cutting across the field with Chris Davis already five steps behind him, and Jerome Kearse coming from the opposite direction to politely impede Davis’ path while also drawing Jimmie Ward away from the play.
This second pick shows Kearse perfectly positioned to block Ward, Davis so far behind he’ll never catch up, and absolutely no safety or ILB help anywhere in sight. Antoine Bethea had to come all the way across the field to cut off Baldwin. Presumably, Tyler Lockett and Jimmy Graham had drawn both safeties and Tramaine Brock up the field and far from the action. Easy 34 yard gain.