Gloomy week in 49erville. HC Kyle Shanahan must be feeling a little snake bit these days. Every time he brings in a player to help the team, that player ends up on IR. If this keeps up, players are going to be leery of coming here.
This week’s opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, have had a similar run of bad luck on the injury front these past few seasons. Like the Niners, they were expected to contend for the playoffs this year, but currently sport a 1-2 record, just like our boys.
Unlike our boys, though, the Chargers still have a chance to salvage their season.
Then again, perhaps there are some 49er fans who are also Iowa Hawkeye fans and are wagging their fingers at us this week. CJ Beathard is their boy and he’s in his second season with Shanahan’s offensive system. Will Jimmy Garoppolo get Wally Pipped this year?
After all, last year when Garoppolo stepped in for an injured Beathard, he promptly threw a touchdown pass in a losing cause and went on to win five straight games to close out the season. Last Sunday, Beathard stepped in for an injured Garoppolo and promptly threw a touchdown pass in a losing cause, too! Are the hairs on the back of your neck standing up about now? Is hope tapping gently on your beleaguered soul?
True, Beathard’s TD was negated by a Niner penalty, but that doesn’t dilute the fact that Beathard threw it. Beating the Chargers this week will go a long way towards giving Beathard some credibility. His old Iowa teammate, TE George Kittle, is at least a happy guy, because he’s going to see a lot passes come his way for the next thirteen games.
Unless he gets injured and goes on IR.