The 49ers responded to HC Kyle Shanahan‘s BYE week exhortations and threats by laying a turd Sunday in Tampa Bay.
There were some bright spots littered within the fecal display. Rookie WR Dante Pettis got some playing time and caught 4 passes for 77 yards and a TD. TE George Kittle continued his mostly pro bowl caliber play, and RB Matt Breida gained 106 yards on a mere 14 carries. And DT Deforest Buckner had a sack and two tackles for a loss.
That’s about it for the feel-goodly news. The O-line gave up four sacks. The secondary served up their usual torched sandwich. And the team had only two sustained drives all day, which netted a TD and a FG. Other than that, it was some variation of three or four plays for squatola, or a quick forward thrust followed by a quick backward stumble, resulting in six punts and two interceptions.
At 2-9, the Niners have improved on the 1-10 they were last year at this time. Probably not enough of an improvement to break out the party hats, I would think. More likely to invoke memories of Peggy Lee’s “Is that all there is?”
Unlike last year, though, there will be no season ending five game winning streak. Nobody is coming to the rescue. The team will be lucky to win even one more game out of the final five. Making year two of the Shanahan Era a regression. A failure.
The same cannot be said for Reuben Foster‘s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis, who finally made good on her year long promise to ruin Foster’s career. In all fairness, Foster handed his head to her on a platter by continuing to see her even after her first DV accusation, and her second just last month, and finally on Saturday night for the third strike. It’s difficult to tell if her persistence or his stupidity was the most telling factor in this saga.
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