The 49ers make their annual trek to Seattle this weekend for their annual trouncing by the Seahawks. This will be the seventh consecutive year of embarrassment and futility up north.
At the beginning of the season, it looked like things would change this year. Seattle was descending and the Niners were ascending. But Fate instead chose to continue its inexorable haunting of the southern franchise. As the season winds down, it’s the 49ers who are trending even further downward than their previous downwardness and the Seahawks are trending back upward.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Seattle. But they jettisoned their malcontents, retooled with younger players, and seem poised to sneak into the playoffs once again with barely a backward glance. When the Niners announced their retooling, back in 2015, it was all a hoax. Their old players left, the cupboard was bare, and here we are with arguably the worst team in the league.
The backup QB battle between CJ Beathard and Nick Mullens is all that passes for on-field drama for the Niners these days, while tanking their way to the end of the year. Mullens gets the nod as designated punching bag this week. He looks more fluid than Beathard, especially while getting sacked and ducking around in the pocket trying to avoid them.
But off-field drama is where the Niners tend to shine, anyway. Dickhead Sherman spent this week trashing his former team’s record and denigrating the talents of their QB Russell Wilson. Sounds like DH is peeved the Seahawks didn’t fall apart without him and Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett. And gives credence to the rumors that the defensive guys up there were jealous of Wilson.
I think Sherman came to the Niners thinking they were going to be a playoff team and beat his old team in the process. Which makes his comments nothing but sour grapes, considering he’s shooting off his mouth from a 2-9 team.
Soon to be a 2-10 team.