The 2017 NFL season is slipping by quickly and we’re down to our last six games. The 49ers have improved statistically from last year’s team, with the offense improving from somewhere near dead last to 23rd in the league. The defense is up one notch, from last to next to last.
Still, one victory in ten tries is nothing much to ho-ho-ho and a bottle of numb about.
The defense was supposed to be the strength of the team this year, but that has not been the case. The run defense is still dead last in the league, and the pass defense is 30th. There’s been almost no pass rush from the DEs or OLBs. Solomon Thomas has not been worth the 3rd pick in the Draft. He hasn’t been a game changer at all. ILB Reuben Foster looks like a star in the making, but he’s been injured most of the year. The secondary continues to be average at best.
On offense, the rushing attack ranks 17th and the passing attack is 23rd. The two guards are the most glaring weakness on the entire team. There still isn’t a #1 WR or a reliable third down option.
Seven members of the 2017 Draft class are or have contributed this year. Not with any particular distinction, but with just enough performance to sustain the hope they will get better.
The most significant development of the season was probably the trade for Jimmy Garappolo a few weeks back. If the Niners can sign him to a contract before the start of the 2018 Free Agency period, he’ll be the next in a long line of presumptive Franchise Quarterbacks the team has trotted out since Steve Young was put to sleep in Arizona in 1999.
If they don’t get Garappolo signed, they’ll have wasted a very high second round pick for a “pocketful of mumbles such are promises” and be back in the hunt for a QB next offseason.