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I saw it as reverting to Singletary days. Sit on a early lead. Sing would sit on a 7 point lead and try to make that hold up for the next three quarters. Chip,at least waited until he had a 14 point lead before he called it a day and a win. They won the first half.
That’s what desperate Orgs do.
It comes down to talent. And the Niners roster simply does not have it from top to bottom, both inside the locker room, or inside the front office. Can’t get any more simple than that.
Look, every team gets a 55 man roster and a practice squad, and every team has only $x dollars to spend on a salary cap for those players. After that it comes down to the organizations ability to have a coaching staff and front office who can evaluate and obtain talent to stay within those confines and win games. On last nights Sunday Night Football broadcast, Chis Collinsworth said something along the lines of:
This is a league of superstars and a salary cap and it the teams that can find and develop young players quickly that win games and compete for championships.
It isn’t magic. There are simply those who are good at it and those who aren’t. Just ask yourself which side of the ledger this franchise is on.
This is where the focus stays for me as well. On Chip. He’s the only interesting story on this team, the only possible key person that might stay on past this year. We’re stuck with the abominable Jed but lame duck Trent will be gone soon. Neither of these QBs will remain beyond this season, though I’d rather keep starting Blaine as he’s more steady. A young offense needs that to grow. Couldn’t give a hoot about Kap, he can’t fix this broken offense with these mediocre players. Let him start over somewhere else.
It wasn’t an embarrassing performance though the makeup of the crowd certainly was. We had a chance to make it a game at the end which is a step up from the last couple weeks. Every game should at least be this competitive with a comparable effort if Chip and Co. are doing their jobs. I don’t expect many wins, but at least let’s see if the offense can evolve.
Lets give Lowell credit where’s its due. His pregame column said “Gabbert throws for 2 yards when the team needs 4 yards for a first down”..not an exact quote,but the gist.
Sure enough- when that last play killed the team,Lowell’s post a few days ago stood out. It screamed.
Why,would Gabbert even THINK that was going to do anything? It was 4th down…throw it anywhere downfield..not down inches.
Agreed on the credit. But is the issue the QB or the route run by the receiver? QB can’t control the route running. And let’s be honest, in the NFL, when you look at the better receivers, they are the ones that make plays for their QB’s. They make the catch on the imperfectly thrown ball. They turn a 2 yard gain into a 6 yard gain. And when they need 4 yards, they run a 8 yard pattern, so they can come back to the ball and still make the line of gain needed.
I don’t see any receivers on the roster like that, do you?
Funny,but 49er fans used that same excuse the last few years. When the 49ers had Crabtree. Get my point?
Also Dave,if you as a coach see that your guys are not going to dive or knife? Then you call plays where you go past the 1st down marker.
Its a simple change he wont do.
Please do not confuse me with being a 49er fan as I am far from. I am a Steeler fan, tried and true. And my point is when you have players like Hines Ward (3rd round, 92nd pick) and Antonio Brown (6th Round, 195th pick) who routinely made or make plays for their QB, you get down field and score and win games. Brown made a grab off the turf last night on a way underthrown ball, but it was enough to get the first down on a third down play. Why, because he ran a route that would get the needed yardage and made the play. I can go down their roster over the past 30 plus years of having and finding gems of receivers who make plays to extend or finish drives. It’s all about the talent.
I think they played and coached to their talent level.
I think this team gave everything it had to this game and it just wasn’t enough to beat a middle of the road team from Dallas.
These are your San Francisco 49ers as built by Jed and Trent and Coached by Chip.
Whether Gamble is the right guy or not…this team is in need of a total tear down that will take years to complete
I agree with everything you said but I don’t think a total tear is necessary. I think they need two real good receivers with Kearly being the 3rd option and a QB who is more accurate. Other than that, I think they need some linebackers who have lateral speed and a nose for the ball. They have the cap space to make this happen pretty quick if the players are available.
…if the players are available…that’s the key phrase my friend.
They need two inside backers, a cover corner, and if the reports on Lynch are to be believed, an edge rusher.
Joe Staley is getting older, Vance McDonald is having trouble staying on the field.
Publicly anyway, they’re paralyzed on a Colin decision which makes it next to impossible to attract a free agent quarterback.
It’s like the last years of Al’s reign across the Bay…nobody will want to play for the 49ers except the over the hill gang desperately hanging on for one more contract.
I don’t think its that bad, but it sure ain’t good. And yes … If players are available… is the key phrase. To Baalke’s defense, not that I want to defend him, there really were no good options at wide receiver available this off season.
I don’t think the 49ers are paralyzed on the Kaepernick decision. He is gone or else he would be playing. They are already on the hook for a year so why not keep him and see what you can get for him. The team isn’t going anywhere with or without him so why risk getting him hurt. he will be traded or cut before they have to sign him. My money says he does not play this year. Ponder is the next guy up.
IF Gabbert were a quality QB? Even with the same team,the 49ers would be at least 2-2 . That’s a HUGE percentage change for talking about no other change then just one players skill level for the whole teams record.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.