View From the Bottom

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.

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20 comments on “View From the Bottom
  1. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Kudos on ‘the Boxer’ reference. Particularly apropos.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, NF, that song wears pretty well.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Garappolo watch will wait another week. Beathard starts again this Sunday.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Turkey Day Gents – Enjoy!

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you outsiders.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, you lot.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing like a Dallas butt-kicking to make the day pleasurable.

  9. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Skeebs
    Jerruh is a douche

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


    FS Adrian Colbert (thumb)
    DE Aaron Lynch
    WR Victor Bolden
    LB Pita Taumoepenu
    RT Trent Brown
    DL Leger Douzable
    DL D.J. Jones

  11. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad the f’n Seattle kneelers couldn’t lose to the f’n SF kneelers.

    Such a sorry bunch of whiners on both sides of the field there’s no good outcome in this one.

    The best I can hope for is for it to devolve into a Crabtree-v-Talib-like melee which perfectly suits the entitled crybabies taking over this league.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The Seahawks pass rush has already hit C.J. Beathard seven times.”

  13. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Beathard’s thinking, WTF do you think I am, RGIII?

    At this rate they’ll lose him and Garoppolo in the same game.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And another barn burner in Santa Clara.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Barn, Hell. Burn the whole town.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    So much for turning the corner.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice brief debut for Garappolo.

  18. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    You have a minute seven left and no time-outs in a game that’s out of reach.

    You’ve just got your QB killed and the putative franchise QB needs to come off the bench to finish out the game.

    What do you do?

    Call all pass plays ’cause everyone knows you’ll sell all of them out for a little meaningless self validation. What an ass, and therefore the perfect HC for the kneelin’ Niners.

  19. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love the Gabbert and Dawson show though.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0