The bloom is off the rose. The honeymoon is over. The sky is falling – once again.
Yes, folks, after a brief vacation in the Kool-Aid tropics, Gloom and Doom have resumed their lengthy stay in the House of York. GM John Lynch has not brought much to the table. Kyle Shanahan is looking afflicted with Norv Turner Syndrome – good OC, bad HC.
And, of course, there’s DC Robert Saleh. His seat at the table is getting quite warm. His side of the line has received the most help from the draft and free agency, yet it has not improved much at all. It might even be worse. Some of that is Lynch’s fault, some former GM Trent Baalke, and mostly it’s Saleh’s head that is likely to get rolled down the road out of town if a scapegoat is needed at the end of the year.
Obviously, a team that loses its star QB and star RB is not going to have the kind of successful year they had envisioned having. The blogosphere seemed to understand that initially and reluctantly lowered its expectations to suit events. But that doesn’t excuse a complete fiasco, which is what last Sunday’s game was. Relentless penalties and turnovers have nothing to do with having a wounded team. They have to do with a poorly coached team.
Next Monday night, the 49ers travel to Green Bay, where nobody expected them to win even before the injuries occurred. Now, the game seems like it could be a cringe-worthy nightmare. An epic blow out.
Or, it’s a golden opportunity for the team to redeem itself on national TV. They don’t have to win to earn respect, but another ten penalty, five turnover egg-layer will definitely make the Niners anathema to Prime Time TV and the hometown crowd in Santa Clara. And the rumblings for a scalp will become a seismic event.