Last year, the 49ers treated their fans to the worst shellacking in franchise history. Yesterday, the 49ers treated their fans to the worst game in 50 years and the first home shut out since the Joe Thomas era. Both of these treats were delivered in person at Candlestick. We’re all knocked out, guys. You boys really know how to host a disaster. WE ARE NOT AMUSED!
The only good thing to come out of Sunday’s feeble and utterly boring game was the definitive end to the Mike Singletary era in San Francisco. When this ugly era began, Singletary said no one would have to tell him if he wasn’t getting the job done. He said he would know and would fire himself. This boast, like just about everything else in Singletary’s vision, will prove to be nothing more than hot air. A standard of excellence that exists only his megalomaniac skull. Being mentioned in the same post as Joe Thomas is entirely fitting for the legacy of this humorless, clueless blow hard.
The Troy Smith Magic Show ran out of tricks in its third performance. It wasn’t so hard, either. The Buccaneers simply took away the Hail Mary pass and there was nothing left in his repertoire. He was not quick, not fast, not elusive, didn’t know what to do with the ball, threw inaccurately, and looked exactly like a third string quarterback who started the season on the street. He and Singletary can both teach “leadership” classes at AA meetings next year.
There will no doubt be some discussion this week about which Smith should start the next game at QB against the equally awful Cardinals, but there can’t be even a handful of 49er fans left who give a shit one way or the other. No, fans are more likely to discuss whether this last year of Singletary is as bad or worse as the last year of Nolan. When it comes to critiquing lousy, 49er fans are becoming connoisseurs. And 49er management is delivering the goods with the only consistency they have shown this century — consistently bad.
The 49ers have had six years to rebuild this club and take control of the NFC West. They have failed. Back from the exalted pinnacle of an 8-8 season into the oozing slime of the NFL bottom feeders they go. And up into the familiar territory of the top ten in the upcoming NFL Draft. The club will be lucky to win five or six games this season.
The Rams, however, and their tremendous young QB Sam Bradford, are once again poised to own the division for the foreseeable future. A decade that could and should have belonged to the Niners has been squandered.
It’s time to sweep this entire coaching staff out the door. They have not produced. Jed York has his work cut out for him over the next six weeks. I wish to hell I had some confidence in what he will decide to do, but I don’t. Ladies and gentlemen, your San Francisco 49ers. It’s not a good thing.
PS: Condolences to Outsider reader Mr. Fletch, who attended his first game at the Stick in many years, and was rewarded with the biggest and most expensive pile of manure one could possibly get for a return on investment. We only hope his tickets were given to him and not actually paid for out of his own pocket.