The 49ers were beaten thoroughly by the Packers Sunday, 17-3, in what passes this season as a “nail biter.” Green Bay took a seven point lead in the first quarter, and even though the Niners were always within reach according to the scoreboard, they never came close to threatening the Packers on the field.
The Packers shut down the running game and dared Colin Kaepernick to beat them in the air. This was successful. He didn’t. The 49ers used six DBs extensively and dared the Packers to run the ball. This worked fairly well, but not well enough to win.
We’re only four games into the season, but the team looks dead in the water. The defense ranks 29th and the offense is 32nd, the worst offense in the league. OC Geep Chryst authored the worst offense in San Diego history back in 2000 and he’s working his reverse magic now with the Niners.
The sky is falling on the once respected franchise. And none of this is the least bit surprising. Anybody who paid attention to what happened last January and February could see that it was going to be a train wreck season. Now, everyone who did not pay attention is catching up with reality, too. The prime (and very expensive) field level 50 yard line seats were completely empty during the game and half the crowd walked out during the third quarter.
The defense has been respectable at home and awful on the road. If they revert to awful again next Sunday in New York, the team probably won’t win a road game all year. If it performs well, we’ll be looking at the Cleveland Browns. Lots of boring low scoring games where the offense struggles to score ten points.
Kaepernick is taking most of the heat for the offensive ineptitude, and he certainly looks lost out there. And maybe at some point backup QB Blaine Gabbert will take a turn at the wheel. But 60% of the offensive line isn’t even viable as backup material. They stink. Philip Rivers won a game Sunday with 60% of his O-line out with injuries, but Kaepernick is no Rivers. And there is no solution to either problem this year.
But the blame for this current mess is squarely on owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke. As long as these two chumps are running the team, the Niners will be screwed.