The Battle of the Bottom Feeders begins Sunday! Mark your calendars! Don’t miss one minute of excruciating awfulness!
Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals has the added benefit of being a battle for last place in the NFC West. Currently, the 49ers have a tenuous hold on the bottom by virtue of getting beat by the Cardinals in abominable fashion on October 7th. Another loss, ugly or otherwise, will make the Niners the prohibitive favorites to clinch last place. And a better draft position in 2019.
In that regard, QB CJ Beathard‘s primary contribution this year might be in exposing the worthlessness of the 49er offensive line and dispelling any notion in GM John Lynch‘s noggin that this ensemble can wait until later for an upgrade.
After the battle for last in the NFC West, the team plays the Raiders for the title of worst team in the Bay Area. And finally, after that, they play the Giants for worst team in the NFC.
This obviously isn’t the scenario envisioned when the Niners took the field back in September, but even then no one had them winning more than ten games, and most were in the seven to nine bracket. IOW, not a SB contender or probably even a playoff entrant. A team that wasn’t much better than last year’s, but could be coaxed to more wins than it deserved simply on the play of Jimmy Garoppolo.
But still not a good team. So, all that changes is that the losses are much more now and the wins much less. Those of us who haven’t minded the team getting whipped regularly certainly don’t mind. There’s a certain karmic joy in seeing Jed York humiliated and embarrassed each week. He certainly deserves it.
Those of you who are only interested in the team if it’s winning or contending or looking somewhat respectable or growing forwardly ahead, I don’t know what to say. Or if I did, I wouldn’t.
No sense burning energy on a losing deal. Find some way to enjoy the games. They’ll be over soon enough and then along comes another long, long offseason. I can certainly wait for that.