I confess I missed some of the “action” in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. I kept getting distracted by some paint drying on a nearby wall.
Apparently, Bradley Pinion was winning a spirited punting duel against former 49er Andy Lee, with 7 punts for 285 yards versus Lee’s 5 for 229 when the duel was suddenly interrupted by Marquise Goodwin going off script with a long TD that turned the game into a 15-3 laugher. Then the 49er defense was so miffed by this offensive rudeness that they rolled over and allowed the worst offense in the NFL to score two TDs and win the game.
It’s hard to keep up with the free falling Niner Empire these days. Each week brings new layers of rock bottomness, only to be followed in a week by a lower level of bad. The team has lost six games in a row and has a chance to lose eight more by season’s end. That would be a 14 game losing streak that would eclipse the record setting efforts of Chip Kelly‘s 2016 team. HC Kyle Shanahan has gone from boy wizard to boy idiot in six little weeks.
There’s something to be said for watching an arrogant self-appointed master of the gridiron turn into a sweating, defensive bumbler at the post-game pressers, but this is not the entertainment we signed up for and it’s becoming a tired act in Ninerland, repeated by each new regime and each new promises of glory to come which never materialize.
This regime was so full of slam-dunk greatness that it received a complete pass on an awful first year, redeemed only by the late season hope of Jimmy Garoppolo. That honeymoon is over now. When the fans come to the point where they pin their hopes on the QB and not the coaching staff, you’ve got an ordinary guy in charge of the marbles and not a boy genius who can out-coach anyone.