The San Francisco 49ers set the franchise’s 21st Century gold standard of stinkitude in 2004, finishing the season with a 2-14 record. That was the last year of Troy Donahue‘s inept GM indifference and John York‘s visibility as the face of the front office. As awful as that team was, though, it might just be better than this year’s team.
The 2004 team’s longest losing streak was seven games. That’s where this team is now. With a road game in Arizona, followed by a home game against the Patriots, the 2016 team will no doubt set the record for this century’s longest losing streak. Who can’t get excited about that? Jed York can officially become even worse an owner than his reviled father John. Wow. I’m getting tingles at the thought.
Chip Kelly seems to be taking all this losing in stride. And why not? He didn’t supply the team with such a big pile of nothingburgers. Plus, he’s got $24 million to fall back on even though a oouple of bucks and a ham sandwich would probably have been more than anyone else in the league would have offered for his services.
The Cardinals are getting perilously close to a lost season themselves. They’ll need at least a 7-1 record over their final eight games to get a spot in the playoffs. So far, they haven’t played well enough to make that kind of closing record seem very plausible. They should be able to dream another week at least, thanks to having the Niners on their schedule.
Arizona RB David Johnson is definitely looking forward to this game. He rushed for 157 yards against the Niners in their earlier game and might very well top 200 in this week’s game.
With the Election finally over, interest in the NFL might begin to rise a bit. Or not. Interest in the 49ers, however, has entered the long, dark night of apathy with no end in sight. And no not about it.