Close, but no cigar. Or close, but light ’em up!
Blaine Gabbert‘s backup took a mouthful of shoulder pad from Ndamukong Suh and Kiko Alonso at the two yard line as time ran out on his desperate attempt to be a last second hero. Coming up short again, something of a ritual in his career.
As a result, the 49ers planted themselves in the record book with the first and only ten game losing streak in franchise history. The last six under the backup’s watch since he was booted upward to “spark the team.” He has yet to win a single game.
Miami was missing three-fifths of its starting O-linemen, which robbed them of their potent rushing attack. Jay Ajayi recently put up consecutive 200+ yard games, but he was held to only 45 in this one. As a result, the game became a QB duel. Ryan Tannehill lost the yardage battle but won the scoreboard war.
The Miami defense was a curious no show. They entered the game ranked 16th in the league (good, not great), but allowed the Niners 31st ranked offense to pile up 475 yards. Egads, gentlemen, hang your heads.
Still, our record breaking crew found a way to undercome the Dolphin defensive ineptitude. The backup tossed an interception and Garrett Celek coughed up a fumble. The former booboo led to Dolphin points and the latter led to not 49er points.
I should probably pause here to say something nice about the Niners, something along the lines of “plucky.” Nah. Screw it. They lost their tenth game in a row. Nice went out the window a long time ago.
The only thing nice about this team is the embarrassment it is causing Jed York and Trent Baalke. In that regard, they are doing an excellent job, out there in the middle of the road stinking to high heaven.
Joe Staley does not deserve this mess, though. Does not deserve to have his name associated with this disaster. It’s sinful what the Yorks have perpetrated on this warrior’s career. The same goes for Cleveland’s Joe Thomas. Two extremely distinguished left tackles and fine gentlemen stuck with worthless franchises. At least Staley had three years at the top. But maybe that just makes what is happening now even worse.
Oakland just clinched its first winning season in 14 years. How long will it take the Niners to get back to that level? Don’t hold your breath.