The 49ers tried to play a 21st century football game with no wide receivers. Fail. Kendrick Bourne: 2 receptions. Dante Pettis: zero. AZ secondary: smoke break.
DC Robert Saleh had an entire offseason to figure out how to defend against squirt-ball QBs. Fail. Kyler Murray: 11 carries, 100 yards and almost always on critical third down plays.
Other than that, they ended the game like they did last year’s SB, with the ball in their hands and the game to be won. Fail. Unable to gain 5 yards on two attempts from the AZ 16 yard line.
Kyle Shanahan‘s offense is amazing until it tries to function inside the opponent’s 10 yard line. He had all offseason to think of some creative ways to score down there, but twice Sunday he went four and out and once settled for a FG.
The $17 million guy the Niners kept while trading away Deforest Buckner had 1 tackle Sunday to mar an otherwise invisible day. Arik Armstead.
Neither Trent Taylor nor Jordan Reed made much of an impact, either.
The next two games are against conventional pocket passer QBs, so maybe the defense will look much better. We hope so, since they won’t have Deebo Samuel back for another two games. Maybe rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk will show up next week and do a reasonable impersonation of an NFL WR.
Jimmy Garoppolo‘s stats look reasonably okay, but he only converted 2 of 11 third down opportunities. That’s 9 stalled drives. You won’t win many games with that kind of performance.