The 49ers broke out of their streak of just barely losing Sunday by stepping back into the comfortable and familiar role of getting their butts walloped.
Not that there weren’t some “if they had just …” moments to lighten the locker room gloom. If Trent Taylor hadn’t fumbled and handed Dallas its first seven points and if the O-line hadn’t allowed a strip sack to keep them out of the end zone just before the half, it might have only been a 13-10 deficit to begin the third quarter.
But it wasn’t. And the rest was a cruise control stomping that has become a familiar story in 49erville during the post-Harbaugh era.
Reuben Foster returned to action after six weeks, but left with an injury in the third quarter. He has been unable to finish even one game so far this season. The other first round pick, Solomon Thomas, has played every game, but continues to be mostly invisible. His best play in this game was a text book tackle of Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas backfield while oblivious to QB Dak Prescott strolling by him carrying the ball up field right through Thomas’ vacated DE spot.
Rookie QB CJ Beathard got his first start and played reasonably well while being introduced to the sort of pounding that eventually turns Niner QBs into happy feet fellows.
One noticeable difference between this year’s group of losers, compared to the previous two years of losers, is that the offense has very few 3 and outs. They move the ball a bit between the 20 yard lines and throw in a big play here and there, but always manage to wheeze out before acquiring any points. Whether this is due to our brilliant new play caller HC or the subtraction of the previous useless QBs is a matter of conjecture, if anybody feels like wasting precious oxygen on such trivial pursuits.
49er great Dwight Clark, who’s dying of ALS, was honored at halftime by a large contingent of players from the 1981 team that launched a twenty year dynasty. A dynasty now 36 years in the rear view mirror with very little hope of a return to glory any time soon. Or ever, perhaps, considering the douche bag group that now owns the team.
Next up, a trip to Philadelphia, where the Niners can mathematically eliminate themselves from having a winning season. The only remaining drama at that point would be whether they will achieve infamy with an 0-16 season.
And the image in the rear view mirror grows dimmer by another year.