The 49ers lost to the Eagles 25-20 Sunday night, but a more accurate portrayal of the score would be 49ers 20, Eagles 8, Nick Mullens -17.
And just like that, the bandwagons of the 49ers and of Mullens emptied out into the long cruel night of great expectations gone awry. Mullens fell all the way down to third string inactive on game day, losing any chance of another team signing him to be their starter this coming offseason. And the Niners fell two games behind the Seahawks, and dead last in the division.
The Niners enter the tough part of the schedule next week and the season is definitely on the brink. They need Jimmy Garoppolo to return pronto, but they also need to stop losing CBs and edge rushers every week to injury. Ziggy Ansah was signed this week to help with the vacant pass rush and promptly tore his biceps and headed off to season-ending IR. While CB Dontae Johnson gave a vivid demonstration of why he’s played for every team in the league, but not for long with any of them.
The entire O-line looked like crap Sunday, also, but part of that is the Eagles D-line and part of it is not-much-you-can-do-about-it this year. Meanwhile, the Eagles O-line consisted of guys signed off the street, but they had little trouble fending off the feeble 49er pass rush.
If this kind of sloppy performances keeps up, it will be tempting to wonder if last year was the fluke, and this year is the reality.
Not sure if it’s my imagination, but doesn’t it seem like every team in the league can routinely make two point conversions, often waltzing in untouched, while the Niners routinely fail? Kyle Shanahan‘s lack of chops around the goal line is bordering on criminal negligence.