Nice try, but no ceegar.
Before the season started, the secondary was clearly viewed as the weak link on the team. It was hoped that the front seven would be overpowering enough to cover up for this deficiency. And that was with Jason Verrett nailing down one side of the field. Now, the 49ers have no CBs who are anything but backups or marginal talents.
Against most of the NFL QBs and WRs, this will still probably be okay. But Sunday showed it won’t work against elite QBs and WRs. There are three in the NFC West, which does not bode well for our boys.
The front seven also appears to have been greatly overrated. In three games so far this season, the 49ers have had the lead in the fourth quarter, and all three times the defense has gagged it away. The first two times, the gagging didn’t result in defeat, but Sunday it did.
In seven seasons, Jimmie Ward has two interceptions. TWO! One in 2015 and one in 2016. That’s five years without an INT! Not even a tipped pass or overthrown ball. Nada. Zip. ZERO. Jaquiski Tartt, OTOH, has FOUR INTs during this time. Not exactly overwhelming, but at least not a complete embarrassment.
Sometime, some year, the Niners are going to have to quit trying to get by on the cheap with their DBs.
Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to be under pressure most of the game and very few completions were to wide open WRs. Partially from having no RBs available for the game, or at least none that were credible. Not so for Aaron Rodgers. He didn’t even require enough time to be pressured since his WRs were wide open from the moment Rodgers finished his drop back.
Actually, it’s probably amazing the team was in the position to win the game at all.