Six games left in this sad, lost season. Without all the injuries, this team would be sitting at 7-3 or better now, instead of 4-6. And every team in the NFC is thrilled and praying they don’t get healthy and sneak into the playoffs, where they’d be the most dangerous team any of them would have to face.
Location. Location. Location. If the Niners were in the NFC East, they’d be in first place. Instead, the 3-7 Giants, Cowboys, and Washington are still in contention, only a half game behind the Eagles.
One thing that’s clear from this year is that the team needs a quality backup QB. Jimmy Garoppolo is getting a rep as injury prone, and neither CJ Beathard nor Nick Mullens is good enough to win games in his absence. They didn’t in 2018 and they haven’t in 2020, either. A veteran QB would be preferable, with the 3rd string reserved for developing a young guy.
They did find a number one WR this year. Which is no small matter. Brandon Aiyuk, with no offseason and no training camp, has still managed to emerge as the team’s best receiver. And he’s getting better each week.
I’ve lost count of who’s on IR and who’s on the COVID list. Half the team or more, probably. And I’ve got no idea who’s going to suit up against the Rams next Sunday. Not that it will matter. We’ve beaten the Rams three straight, but not this time. Depending how they fare against the Bucs on Monday night, they’ll either be in first place in the NFC West or in second, a game behind the Seahawks.
And the 49ers will be in last place. On their way to making a last to first to last trip over the past three seasons. The Feast or Famine Franchise.