The Cardinals and 49ers met for the second time this season and the results were pretty much the same. A deadly boring contest which Arizona won. 49er fans were apparently expecting this sort of performance, as the stadium was only about 25% full. Charitably speaking. Empty is another word that comes to mind.
Each team had a different QB this time around, a career backup vs a rookie backup. The career backup spent the day keeping his jersey clean by handing the ball to Adrian Peterson, who racked up 159 yards on 37 carries. The rookie backup heaved it up there 51 times and completed 24, while being sacked five times and beaten to a pulp the rest of the time. Advantage: Arizona.
As is their habit, four or five Niner guys got injured during the game. Starting strong safety Jacquiski Tartt broke his arm and will head to IR and join his fellow safety Jimmie Ward, who broke his arm last week.
Newly acquired QB Jimmy Garappolo watched the game from the sidelines, no doubt dreaming of joining the Denver Broncos when he becomes a free agent this offseason. Dreaming of staying here in Santa Clara would be evidence of a mental disorder that would be grounds for getting him committed to an asylum.
0-9. Ohfernine. Kinda rolls off the tongue like a loogie dribbling down a chin.
The HC/GM duo of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch has managed to out-underperform and out-screwup former GM Trent Baalke and the previous two HCs, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly. This is not an easy un-achievement.
It might make one recall that last offseason, other than Shanahan, there was another young wunderkind offensive guru looking for an HC gig. His name is Sean McVay and his Rams team is currently 6-2 and in first place in the NFC West. Did our dimwit owner choose unwisely? Is it even possible for him to choose wisely, unless it’s an accident?
Like draft picks, it might take another year or two to properly assess the worth of the new regime. There’s still a chance that it will not be yet another disaster. And that’s your 49er highlight for today.