It’s In The Cards

The 49ers have been hit hard by injuries lately, but it hasn’t affected the quality of their poor play. The backup players have proved to be nearly as semi-talented as the starters they have replaced.

That would be good news, if it wasn’t also bad news. It means both the starters and the backups, predominantly as regards the secondary, are all essentially backup quality players. And without a pass rush to help cover their deficiencies, they’re getting burned every week and will likely continue that trend for the rest of the season.

Currently, with 25% of the season entombed into history, the Niners rank 12th on offense and 27th on defense. This should make this week’s game at home against the Cardinals interesting, since the Cards are ranked 32nd offensively and 15th defensively. A battle of opposites. It’s also a battle for last place in the NFC West.

This is not where we expected the team to be at the quarter pole, grubbing around for last place again, but perhaps it’s still a little early to throw in the towel. The season really comes down to whether the 49ers can beat the Seahawks and the Cardinals. If  they can beat the Cardinals, then four of the next six games are winnable and would put them with a 5-5 record at the BYE week.

Unfortunately, a couple of other things have also changed since the start of the season. Then, it looked like if the Niners survived the tough opening schedule, they could make a late season run. DC Robert Saleh thought so, springing a stiffy at the thought of it. But that late season run doesn’t look like such a given anymore. The Bears are no longer a pushover, nor the Buccaneers, and the burial of the Seahawks  might have been premature, too.

At any rate, Sunday’s game figures to be the most winnable game this month. A loss here and you can forget about saving that towel. It’ll be lights out for the 2018 season.

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28 comments on “It’s In The Cards
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- it’s still year two of a total rebuild and the injuries have just stopped us in our tracks. I believe we have some pretty good players even on defense. I don’t know why we have such trouble tackling but what’s more of a concern is that we are out of position most of the time and our pass rush truly sucks. A lot of that is youth but I think it mostly falls on our coaches. If things don’t change we will lose out the rest of our games.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s contracr time for Ward and Armstead and they have not justified their first round status or have even come close.
    Unless they are dirt cheap they can walk as far as I’m concerned.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We got spoiled with Willis and Bowman who were sure tacklers.
    Foster and Warmer need to refine their technique and might learn a lot from studying old film of Patrick and Navarro because they were All Pro.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I have already given up on Ward, keep waiting on Armstead but the time seems to have run out already. Just two more Baalky duds. I also think we over reached on Thomas I believe he will be a good player for us for a lot of years but not worth the spot we got him.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The way Beathard got pounded last week, it’s a pretty good bet we’ll see the Nick Mullens era sooner rather than later.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    In the ha ha department: “Jimmie Ward added to 49ers injury report, questionable for Sunday.”

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    In all fairness, he did play one consecutive game without getting injured.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Beathard is definitely old school but the pounding will get him sooner or later. I have no idea who’s gonna be on our Oline this week. I guess CJ is gonna have to learn to get rid of the ball in less than 11/2 seconds or else it’s hammer time. I am not sure we even have a healthy rb this week. There is no way we win this week unless AZ is already tanking.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    Bright spots so far have been Kittle, Breida and Warner all looking like future stars !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    They all are players we added at positions of need and are coming up big !

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Always with the negative stuff, Rob ¡¡¡

  12. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Keep an eye open for LB Germaine Pratt NCSt in April
    Tackling machine with Edge speed.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- I think those 3 players are gonna be Niners for a long-time. I like the way they play the game.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    From what I have read it looks like we get our starting Oline back with Brieda, and Goodwin suiting up. That changes everything I think we will win this one now.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We have to keep AZ in the basement.
    Rams should demolish Seattle too, which should leave both us and ‘Hawks at 2-3, if that happens.
    No one is keeping up with the Rams it would appear.
    Just hoping we do a respectable job with CJ, for the remainder of the season, while giving ourselves a decent Draft slot in the process.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Keep your eye on WR Collin Johnson of Texas
    He’s 6″6″ and finally reaching his potential. He’s from San Jose and the son of Ex Longhorn Johnny Johnson who had a great career as a Ram.
    Looks like he’s a second or third round pick right now and fits the role of a bigger receiver who is a red zone threat and who’ll get you that must have first down. Very good at 50/50 balls because of his height

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives

    WR Marquise Goodwin
    WR Dante Pettis
    CB Jimmie Ward
    DT D.J. Jones
    DT Jullien Taylor
    OG Joshua Garnett
    OT Shon Coleman

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well this is appalling. 4 turnovers and there’s your game.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Watching this game against thr Cards is death by 1000 paper cuts

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Beathard holds on the ball too long

    Would rather see Richie James than Victor Bolden

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We have a 2-1 edge in total yards, and BETTER than a 2-1 edge in Time of Possession.

    And we’re losing.

    Because a 5-0 deficit in turnovers outweighs the rest of the game.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A 5-0 turnover deficit means your chance on winning is less than 1%

    Beathard needs to learn to climb the pocket rather than stand there like a statue

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    This one was just about as bad as it gets.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Just about. Not only Ugly but Historic.

    “The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to pick up 30 first downs in a game, hold their opponent to 10 or fewer first downs, and lose by double-digits.

    “After today, NFL teams are 46-4 all time when they pick up 30 first downs and hold their opponent to 10 or fewer.”

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saw bits-n-pieces via RZ today and thought the same thing with CJ Bullit.
    He’s staring down the Receivers and definitely not moving within the pocket.
    Hence the final nail, getting the ball swatted out for 6, when there was a chance to eat clock and potentially steal the Win.
    He’s got no pocket awareness and. like RG III, thinks there’s a week to throw in the NFL.

    Stats-schmatz at this point too.
    CJ isn’t a quick trigger guy, nor accurate enough to lead guys open it seems.

    I’ll watch the game, in it’s entirety, later in the week. When I have time for a few beers to numb the pain.
    What a debacle….

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I was actually in and out of the TX/OK game the other day and saw a rather large target whose name I didn’t get.
    Is Johnson going in the 230lbs range? Or was that a TE I’m thinking of?

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Is his Brother the RB? Kirk Johnson

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17