Congratulations to the 2016 49ers. In the 68th year of the franchise, you guys have accomplished the awesomely difficult task of losing ten straight games, the most in team history. No mean feat.
To think, only four years ago, this franchise was in the Super Bowl. Epic, epic FAIL!
Some may think the season couldn’t get any worse, but au contraire mon ami. The next two games might be the first games all season that the Niners will be favored to win (@Bears, home for the Jets). And both games are very winnable. Should the team accomplish the probable, they’ll ruin a season’s worth of stink and fall all the way from second to five or worse in the 2017 Draft.
Even worse, there will be those tempted to make remarks like “turning the corner” or “hope for next year” or even the dreaded “WE CAN BUILD ON THIS!” Bah, humbug. Is Jed York still the owner? Has Trent Baalke been fired?
How fitting that the 49ers second win of the year should come against the decimated Bears. They have 15 players on IR, including some of their top players such as Kyle Long and Lamarr Houston and 2015 first-rounder Kevin White. It was a fluke victory over Chicago last year that improved the Niners’ record to 4-8, prompting Jim Tomsula to prance around all week like he’d just won a playoff game and gotten a contract extension.
Of course, that all came crashing down around his ears the following week when the Browns drubbed us, followed by two more losses, before a final flimsy win over the Rams. And adios, Tomsula. Who has not been seen since. Is he still alive? He’s certainly not employed anywhere in the league.
Here’s hoping he’ll be joined in oblivion this coming offseason by at least Mr. Baalke.
Below is a screenshot of the final play of the Miami game. Kaepernick appropriately ends the game as he begins it, on his knees. Caught from behind by Suh and steamrolled from the front by Alonso. The old high-low play. Ouch! In the far left is Joshua Garnett surveying the damage caused by him missing his block and allowing the penetration that flushed Kap from the pocket. And, of course, a little cheesecake with the hot babe from the stands looking on, along with three disinterested kids.