Now that the problems with the offense have been exorcised, what about the defense? We’ve had two mediocre teams make the 2010 49er defense look a whole lot like the 2005 49er defense. El stinky poo poo.
How is this happening? Is there an exorcist available to fix the problem? The defense has the exact same starting lineup this year as last year. They should be getting better, not worse. Last year, the team was one of the best in the NFL at keeping teams out of the end zone and making them settle for field goals. This year, teams are waltzing into the end zone every time they get near it. Even old crippled up Matt Hasselbeck trotted in on us. Last year he tried that and Patrick Willis nearly broke his back at the two yard line.
Sunday, we just happen to be playing the Falcons, the team that last year laid the biggest whipping on the 49ers that the franchise as ever endured. And that was at Candlestick. This year’s game is in Georgia. There isn’t a sane person on the planet who could expect us to win this game, much less even be competitive in it.
But sane people tend to avoid football altogether, or use it as an escape from sanity. Football is a place we can all go to and become stark raving nuts — and it’s legal!
This scribbler has no idea what will happen next Sunday. It’s the fourth game of the season and the game where teams start settling in to the type of team they are going to be this year. The first three games are often wildly unpredictable, but by the fourth game the rust of the off season is gone, game film on opponents becomes valuable, and good teams start to separate themselves from bad teams, while bad teams start to lose their optimism and energy and begin the long grind of getting their butts whipped every week.
It was this fourth game last year that exposed Shaun Hill and the 49ers secondary and set the team on the course to a so-so season. A mediocre team. More pretender than contender. Gritty and competitive, but not at all scary.
The only advantage the Niners have next Sunday, and the following two, is that nobody has any film at all of the Mike Johnson offense. Atlanta must be scratching their heads this week about what sort of defense they should practice. Hopefully, they are also snickering at getting such an easy game after their super pumped victory over the Saints last Sunday.
See how the insane mind of a football fan twists reality into contorted shapes to achieve HOPE. Hahaha. The 49ers will catch the Falcons NAPPING. STROLLING. HIGH-STEPPING. OFF GUARD. You sanity plodders can roll your eyes all you want, but weird stuff does indeed happen on a football field from time to time.
True, the weird factor has not exactly been positive for this franchise lately. No, we get weird stuff like a 40 year old QB heaving a Hail Mary miracle 35 yard TD to beat us with one second left on the clock. Just last weekend, Seattle got two kickoff returns for TDs from a guy who many thought was so injured last year that he would never be worth crap again. Arizona gets weird stuff like Sebastian Janikowski, the biggest leg in the game, missing a ten yard chip shot field goal at the buzzer that would have beat them.
Hey, football gods, isn’t it like you know time for OUR team to get some happy weird stuff? Some of that “Look! The ball bounced right into my hands and I ran for a touchdown easy as pie.” Not to tell you what to do or anything, but just as a suggestion, how about maybe giving us the rosy weird this weekend? This is not a prayer, mind you. I’m holding off on that till the LAST DESPERATE HOUR. No, it’s just a gentle reminder that you get a kick out of bamboozling the masses and this weekend is a perfect opportunity. Am I right, god guys? Sure I am. Think about it. It’s a keeper. Trust me.