Worst a Shire Marathon

The Battle of the Bottom Feeders begins Sunday! Mark your calendars! Don’t miss one minute of excruciating awfulness!

Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals has the added benefit of being a battle for last place in the NFC West. Currently, the 49ers have a tenuous hold on the bottom by virtue of getting beat by the Cardinals in abominable fashion on October 7th. Another loss, ugly or otherwise, will make the Niners the prohibitive favorites to clinch last place. And a better draft position in 2019.

In that regard, QB CJ Beathard‘s primary contribution this year might be in exposing the worthlessness of the 49er offensive line and dispelling any notion in GM John Lynch‘s noggin that this ensemble can wait until later for an upgrade.

After the battle for last in the NFC West, the team plays the Raiders for the title of worst team in the Bay Area. And finally, after that, they play the Giants for worst team in the NFC.

This obviously isn’t the scenario envisioned when the Niners took the field back in September, but even then no one had them winning more than ten games, and most were in the seven to nine bracket. IOW, not a SB contender or probably even a playoff entrant. A team that wasn’t much better than last year’s, but could be coaxed to more wins than it deserved simply on the play of Jimmy Garoppolo.

But still not a good team. So, all that changes is that the losses are much more now and the wins much less. Those of us who haven’t minded the team getting whipped regularly certainly don’t mind. There’s a certain karmic joy in seeing Jed York humiliated and embarrassed each week. He certainly deserves it.

Those of you who are only interested in the team if it’s winning or contending or looking somewhat respectable or growing forwardly ahead, I don’t know what to say. Or if I did, I wouldn’t.

No sense burning energy on a losing deal. Find some way to enjoy the games. They’ll be over soon enough and then along comes another long, long offseason. I can certainly wait for that.

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26 comments on “Worst a Shire Marathon
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You play the young guys that you drafted and see what they can or can’t do.

    I for one am not giving up yet on Foster or Thomas. If we do so we are the Raiduhs and the Niners are better than that.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with bullit. Also keep playing the young DBs no matter how ugly. No sense rushing Sherman back; the season is a wash now. Let the kids get burned and see if any of them learn from the pain.

    This offseason, we HAVE to fix the O-line and secondary. No excuses are acceptable. Draft, free agency, coaching, whatever: Get it Done.

    Fix those two units, get Garoppolo back, and this is not a terrible team. Don’t fix them, and we’ll continue to be mired in the shit.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I feel pretty much the same way. Let the kids play for their NFL lives that’s the only way we will know what we have. We have already blown up the team and there’s no reason to do it again at the moment. I would have enjoyed most of our games this year but the continued mistakes make it difficult and I feel a lot of that is on the coaches. I don’t see much adjusting on the fly and we seem to be out of position at critical times.

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hence my concerns overall Winder.
    Did Lynch/Saleh shop for pieces to fit what Saleh was running or, did they simply grab pieces ranked nationally from Draft prognosis?
    Agree with you, regarding the same dumb mistakes on display. It would seem to suggest either Coaches can’t teach or, players can’t learn.
    Either way it adds up to lunacy.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Play Richie James over Garcon. He could be the next Antonio Brown or Doug Baldwin, and you might as well see what Julian Taylor can do as he was impressive in pre season.

    Stick to the formula that it sometimes takes two full seasons for players to reveal their talents. I really think Foster is a talent and his motor makes him overrun plays. There aren’t too many sideline to sideline LBs like him and I recall the domestic violence cloud hanging over him last offseason and how everyone on this board thought we were screwed without Foster. In totality he has played less than one season so I would cut him some slack.

  6. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if it’s “worst a shire” or “worst assure” but either way it’s a bunch of worst and little Jed certainly does deserve it in unlimited supply.

    And on the worst of the worst, is it more on the DC or the highly touted veteran jackass coaching the secondary on and off the field?

    I would suggest good defense is more a matter of executing assignments (and only your assignment), scheme and in-game coverage calls than individual experience. It seems so much confusion on the field must result from the coaches and “player-coaches” not being on the same page rather than rookies needing more time to see how bad they can look trying to ‘fix’ the DC’s scheme and calls.

    NoFear’s solution: Dump the Dickheads.

    Couple of games ago, Beathard didn’t look like much of a drop off. Some should question if the injury to Garopollo might cause him to play a little scared when he gets back which can progress to the happy feet syndrome. More than a few decent QBs have been ruined by it. Does Shanahan have the tools and/or smarts to help him or will he take the tried and true family position of “not my fault” throwing him under the bus instead?

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bad teams find ways to lose.

    Today we won the turnover battle. So the defense dug down deep to give up 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. And then when it looked like Beathard might get us in range for a game tying field goal? Last second Keystone Cops routine puts an end to that threat.

    Who’s got it better than us? Everyone, apparently.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Time for a teachable moment.


    For a moment CLE won a game putting us #1 in the draft. That lucky break lasted xx minutes. We had to pull ahead of the Rams and win the damn game.

    CLE got the star of the draft, Myles Garrett. We got two well paid duds in the 1st RD.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As is always the case in the Draft, it comes down to selecting pieces that fit. Sure, the odds are better in the early Picks of securing better ‘rated’ pieces but, they also become overpaid paperweights when you miss.
    Lynch is raw, I’ll give him that.
    However, he was in a position to deal down several times in favor of adding Picks, which is the cornerstone of doing rebuilds.
    It should continue that way next April too. We’re headed for Top 10 easily, Top 5 preferably.
    He’s got to decide just what he’s trying to build with Saleh and hit those pieces properly in terms of slotting.
    Don’t just grab the hot commodity at Pick 1 if he doesn’t fit.
    BPA at any position of need. If that guy isn’t worth the Pick in any given slot, deal down.
    See how Bill Belichick does it. Grab Picks for next year, if the guy you want is gone this year.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Foster only 1 solo tackle and 1 QB hit. He went off field for an injury check, how long?

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This cut from a Maiocco piece related to game Grades –
    Pretty much sums it up – Coaching sucks.

    The 49ers did not commit any turnovers, so that counts as progress for the offense. Otherwise, the offense was atrocious. The defense played well – until it mattered most. This loss was completely inexcusable. The 49ers dominated the Cardinals three weeks ago, and still lost because of a minus-five turnover margin. This game shows that the 49ers have regressed since that point. After all, the 49ers won the turnover margin, 2-0, and still lost. The organization has hit a new low, and Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff are clearly not pushing the right buttons.
    Grade: F

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Foster isn’t impressing me Bakkentom.
    Energy to burn? Check.
    Playing disciplined football? Hardly.
    Dealing with injuries almost weekly? Check.

    I’m at the point with this regime where I’ve become numb.
    Isn’t a bad thing to secure Top Draft position at this point.
    We ain’t going anywhere.
    Whether Lynch can do anything better than what he’s done with Thomas and Foster is what concerns me. CB AkWith running a close 3rd in the suck Dept too.
    Thought for sure he’d (Lynch), be a slam dunk talent at identifying Defensive talent.
    Perhaps he’s just not adept at giving much credence to what Saleh needs to get it done?
    Suck for another chance at Top 5 talent?
    Go for it.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Foster was out since the 2nd qtr.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew and scouts identify the talent. Lynch is a suit. How much film does he look at. Does he wear many hats.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Foster has a hamstring, Elijah Lee his sub.

    Hoping Richburg out next 3 games with his knee. His absence hurts OZ.

    Cards playing all their rookies now. Rosen, Kirk, Cole, Edmunds are their first 4 picks. Where is Moore.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True about Lynch being a suit. However, someone needs to have the talent to slot these guys and grade them.
    That lands on the GM come Draft Day.
    More concerned that they don’t communicate on the pieces needed.
    Don’t see a fit (thus far) for Thomas. He appears to be miscast in the scheme he was placed into.
    Whether that goes to talent, or the Coaching he’s getting is the question.
    Can’t lean too heavily on the talent when the results continue to suggest they aren’t improving.
    Saleh and his Assistants have to own their share of this mess.
    CJ is simply too green to run what Shanny is attempting to do.
    At least it would seem so, when the results improved after Jimmy took over last year.
    Continue to suck for now. Another year wasted anyway.

  17. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, I didn’t see the game. Can you tell me why Brieda, who hasn’t finished a game in weeks got all the work at 2 yards per?

    It’s not as if ARI got so far ahead the Niners had to abandon the run so it’s curious why not more of an effort to help the drowning QB?

    It’s hard to think ARI was difficult to run on since they are last in the league.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t watched it in it’s entirety either NoFear.
    Breida is simply being trotted out there due HIS desire to tough it out it would seem?
    Looking more and more like our Coaching doesn’t have a clue.

    O-Line in shambles, WRs invisible but for ‘Quise, CJ can’t pull the trigger in a timely manner while being oblivious to what’s going on within the pocket. Quite the sh!tshow.

    Should be a hoot on TNF to see which Club will be more obvious in their efforts to secure the better Draft slot huh?
    Seeing as we apparently stole McGlinchey from Gruden with the Coin Toss prior to this years’ Draft.
    Lynch should join the party with Gruden and SELL whomever he can before the deadline tomorrow.
    The tankfest is on.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guessing there won’t be much competition for ad space for this meeting of the Powerless in Primetime either.
    Beer and Pickup truck ads yield to Ensure and Kitty litter?
    God do we suck…..

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll trace it to it’s origins.
    The Curse of the York’s.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jed deserves this National embarrassment.
    The Youngstown Paleskins have no business in the NFL.
    Wish they’d sell and get lost.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NFLN billing this as the Bay Area bragging rights game.
    Guessing the empty seats will outnumber those hoping to brag about who sucks more.
    Goodell should just be forthright, and bill it for what it is.
    A Draft Slot Challenge. Loser wins.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Read that these guys make an average 55k a game. The underachieving team is 3-5.

    Hayden was a number 1 pick for OAK a while ago. 2 nights before the London game consuming until 4am. Coughlin needs to suspend these dudes. Attitude problem?

    At least we have some inadequate coaching and some stupid players.

    This is not the age of Joe Namath. Huge money is shelled out for top performance. Any starters among these four?

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    JAX is allowing division between O & D Bakkentom.
    These D guys are simply testing the Orgs’ resolve IMO.
    HC/GM need to settle what’s at the core. Bortles.
    No QB no results.
    Hyde isn’t Fournette.
    Who replaces Bortles?
    Rock. Hard place.
    It’s simply mutiny, crying for intervention.
    Where do they turn other than Bortles at this point?

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17