The Broncos were left for dead last month. Their record was 3-6. Now it’s 6-6, after dispatching the Chargers and Steelers, and they might just slip into the playoffs if they keep on winning.
Imagine their delight to find the 49ers on the schedule! We aim to please.
They did spot the Niners their best wide receiver this week when Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles in practice. But it probably won’t matter much, at least against San Francisco, since damn near anyone can have a big day against our porous secondary.
The 2018 49ers’ season is shaping up to be one long tryout session for marginal players hoping to stick with the team next year. Everyone who’s been inserted at RB since the season began has been very successful. Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson, Raheem Mostert. The only one who’s stayed healthy is Alfred Morris and he’s the only one who hasn’t done much.
The secondary is another matter. Everybody who takes a stab at filling the constantly injured DB positions has been pretty much a bust. Antone Exum, Greg Mabin, Marcell Harris. Jimmie Ward was modestly successful as a CB and a FS, but was known more for his versatility than his excellence. And of course he is best known for getting injured and limping off to the IR wing, as he’s done four of the five seasons he’s been here.
2018 also has painted a continuing pattern of the Kyle Shanahan offense. It is 15th in yards and 22nd in points. Bearing out this site’s observations that his offense is potent between the 20 yard lines and fairly impotent within the Red Zone. It was that way with Brian Hoyer. It was that way with CJ Beathard, with Jimmy Garoppolo, and now with Nick Mullens.
Denver should be familiar with Shanahan’s office, too, having seen first hand the original version from papa Mike Shanahan‘s tenure there. That, along with the bookend pass rushing terrors Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, could make for a long day for Mullens. And a continuing long year for us.