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I think you are right on point. The Rams are much worse than the Niners, but that doesn’t make the Niners good. Gabbert needs to play smarter and make more accurate throws or it is going to be a very long, long season.
It’s going to be a very long season.
The Rams defense didn’t bother showing up until the third quarter which was the worst 15 minutes of NFL football I’ve ever seen. When it became clear their offense was abysmal they packed it in.
The 49ers defense loaded the box and only had to defend 5 yard because the pathetic Rams qb couldn’t throw any further than that.
Next week tells the tale.
On the one hand, credit where it’s due. it was a professional team they played and they didn’t squeak by, they crushed the Rams. It counts in the W column and should.
On the first other, Jeff Fisher is malpractice on the offensive side of the ball. He’s the worst “good coach” in the league and should have already been fired. He couldn’t get anything out of Sam Bradford and now they hand him Goff and Goff is in his dog house. Fisher is the one at this point who ought to be out of chances and permanently in a dog house.
Gabbert’s yards per attempt are what you’d expect with a rookie QB you’re trying to protect and protect the team from. i’m surprised Baalke didn’t just re-hire Jimmy Raye and Mike Singletary and bring back Shaun Hill to run it. That’s the personnel he’s put together for the offense.
I’m sorry but this makes no sense. The only team to post a shutout in week 1…the 49ers, the team ranked unanimously dead last by all the “experts” from the NFL Network, ESPN(s), SI, Yahoo…local scribes, everyone says this team will be a horrible team. And yet, they go out and put up 28 points, more than any they scored last season, against a team that has a top 10 defense. If the online can get push throughout the game, and not go missing like it did in the 3rd quarter, you have to take them serious.y
If shutouts were so easy, why did no one else post one in week 1. Not the good teams in the nfl, not seattle facing a bad miami team. Not anyone. Not one of these teams with returning coaching staffs, entrenched starters at QB, RB, WR..etc. Nope. 4 games decided by only 1 point, 2 more decided by 2 points and another that went to OT. These are good playoff teams having to go to the wire to win yet a shutout, lets ignore that.
Give credit where credit is due. This team will win more than anyone expects. Dallas is a game they should win. Buffalo, Tampa, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Jets, Atlanta and the Rams at the end of the year, these are all games this team has a truly legitimate shot at winning.
I usually agree with you and hope you are right, but the fact is no one else pitched a shut out this weekend because no one else was playing the Rams.
If you are going to be totally honest, the 49er defense is probably real good, their offensive line is much improved, but very few teams, maybe only the Rams, would willing to trade quarterbacks or wide-receivers with us. As soon as defenses figure out all you need to do is stack the box with 8 or 9 guys and dare Gabbert to beat you, reality will start to set in.
The Rams wrs are a bit better, but just a bit.
I still say, if the rams are this bad, then they’ll be shut out each and every week since the niners are the team that everyone has picked to finish dead last in the league. It gets old when you see people bash the team, yet when they do well, they start making excuses for why it is…as if they didn’t really win that game, it was a gift.
We shall see how well this years team really is over the next 16 weeks (itll be over before we know it, ugh) and then we can point fingers at and name call those who were wrong haha.
Any day the Niners win is a good day in my world. But the stench from that Rams team is still hovering over Levi’s this morning. Yikes, the Crimson Tide could push those guys around. How is Fisher still employed? He ruined Bradford who was promising and I’m quite happy he’s not subjecting Goff to the same treatment. Yet.
This is the same story line as last year’s opener. Openers are frequently aberrations in the context of a whole season. Unless you’re the pathetic Rams who should be ashamed of that performance under any circumstances. I agree it’s completely meaningless win for now. And yes, the goal is respectable performance in the next few weeks when the season really begins. Completely appropriate article.
Actually it’s at minimum 1/16 meaningful. Go Niners!
I’ll happily agree with that.
28-0 looked pretty good. Hyde ran like a Frank Gore not an Al Gore for once. I liked it.
Jeff Fisher? dumbest move in the NFL this week to not even play his no.1 No other coach would have done that and that says lot of Fisher who peaked years ago. Now he’s just ego.
I do know that in the very near future Gabbert needs to stretch the field. I don’t think he put up a single long pass. Kelley clearly avoided that call.
Still, a win is a win is a win. Much prefer this outcome over losing 28-0, don’t you?
I can’t support a team that has Elderly abusers and Unpatriotic members trying to stay relevant in the public eye. Win or lose the 49ers are the nations worst team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it makes you feel better- the heat he’s gotten has made him change his look. Like he trying to be a little incognito. He even had a tat put on that says “I might not be him”…
That elderly abuser was cut and is gone.
And before you get all overblown, go look at some of the rest of the league and the players they have on their team now, or have had in recent seasons. This is hardly a 49ers only issue.
Oh yeah,holding out Goff for game one is really going to allow him to avoid any rookie mistakes in game 2.
Unless,he’s sat out. Then he’s going to be a rookie until game 3. Or, perpetuity as Fishers ideas are carried on..lol..
Lowell,is Chip Kelly a smoker? He doesn’t sound healthy. Huffs and puffs..the man looks like he has a few extra clogged arteries for a guy his age.
I used to say the same thing about Reggie over in Oakland..and he lost weight. Chip looks all KFC and Coca Cola.
Last year’s glimmer of hope was game 1.
You could see the team rally behind him after he put it on the line running the ball. He sure didn’t slide very much. That kind of stuff gets a teams mojo going. What also goes a long way is that he seems to be a team guy and not a me guy like you know who. He is also a guy I like to root for…kind of the underdog putting it all on the line, at least physically. As for the over all team performance, you are right Lowell. To small a sample size and played a not very good team. Good analysis over all Lowell.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.