We’re nearing the half way point of the 2016 season and a few things have become obvious:
- The team stinks.
- Fans hoped Chip Kelly would improve the offense and he has. Last year, the offense was near the bottom and this year it is 18th overall. Last year, the team averaged 14.8 points per game, and this year it’s 20.5. Under Blaine Gabbert, the offense averaged 22 points per game. Under the washed up, overpaid, overrated backup QB, the offense is averaging 16.5 points per game. The only reliable WR on the team, Anquan Boldin, is now helping Matthew Stafford pull out last second victories in Detroit. This year’s crew consists almost entirely of third string talents, but Kelly is still getting more out of this side of the ball than Jim Tomsula did last year.
Still, the improvement might be somewhat illusory, since half the points happen in the first quarter [good], but the other half occur in 4th quarter garbage time [stat padding]. In between, there’s almost no offense at all.
- The defense was supposed to be the strength of the team and it has been the weakness — by a stunning amount. They were 18th last year and are now dead last in points per game and 31st in yards. DC Jim O’Neil apparently is no Eric Mangini, a concept that should cause him to contemplate a career change.
- And so should Trent Baalke, the guy who provided all the defensive players that, as a whole, are stinky. Even if they get yet another incompetent to replace him, he still has to go. You can’t let a guy keep his job when he just doesn’t have the foggiest idea how to do it.
- Jed York sucks. Nothing new here. He’ll suck forever, no doubt. When you’re nearing 40 and don’t have a clue, there’s little chance you’ll ever get one. Look no further than unca_chuck. Never had a clue, doesn’t now, and never will. Terminal condition.
- Rooting for the team to lose is the only way to go now. Wins are counter-productive to progress. Plus, when you get into the spirit of it, seeing the team tromped each week is pretty entertaining. Try it, you’ll like it.