The San Francisco 49ers were suppose to be the darlings of the league this season. With a flashy new quarterback nick named Jimmy G.Q. and a five game winning streak to end the season, the sky was the limit. Big dreams filled the heads of the faithful and the season couldn’t start soon enough. Flash forward to the present, four games into the season in October of 2018 A.G. (After Garoppolo)… Injuries have devastated the 49ers roster at nearly every position and countless mistakes have killed valuable opportunities.
Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out for the season had surgery to repair his ACL Wednesday, so the journey for second year quarterback C.J. Beathard continues. After a fast start, things did not end well Sunday, as the team came close to winning their second game of the season, but thanks to a number of mistakes they would lose to the Chargers, 27 to 29. This was a game they should have won, but the 49ers just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Penalties, turnovers, and miscues continue to plague the team.
C.J. Beathard looked good despite a couple of picks, but some questionable play calls and poor tackling helped to derail their potential upset. Beathard finished the game 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The defense and special teams did not fair well at all. The 49ers entered last weekend leading the NFL in missed tackles, San Francisco continued to add to that lead against the Chargers.
Beathard is as tough as nails and the more aggressive he can be the better the 49ers chances are at making a play-off push late in November. Getting the ball into tight end George Kittle’s hands can only increase those chances. Kittle had an 82 yard touchdown against the Chargers last Sunday. More big plays like that will only help Beathard’s confidence and keep San Francisco relevant. It will be up to Kyle Shanahan to dial up an offense that can continue to take advantage of his strengths and putting him in a position to succeed.
The 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday and should be able to win this game, so long as the aforementioned problems are put in check and Beathard can continue to get comfortable in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Robert Saleh could be on the hot seat and better find a way to get this defense going. As mentioned earlier, the tackling has been terrible and there’s been next to no pass rush for the first quarter of the season. Believe it or not, there is talent on this defense, but for some reason it is not being utilized.
Even though most injuries are out of our control, such an excessive amount the past two seasons can’t be overlooked. The strength and conditioning staff needs to be held accountable at some point. When Mike Nolan took over in 2005 injuries were out of control, so he hired a new strength and conditioning staff and revamped the entire weight room. Injuries subsided shortly there after. The same kind of changes may be required if injuries keep piling up.
Wide receive Donte Pettis left the game with a knee injury last Sunday and his status for the Arizona game is unknown. Tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, center Weston Richburg and running backs Matt Breida and Alfred Morris are also nursing injuries. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, their status for Sundays game against Arizona are questionable. The team’s official game status and injury report will be released on Friday.
If the San Francisco 49ers are to make a stand, this home game against the winless Cardinals on Sunday is a great place to start. The hometown fans are ready to make some noise and the team could use some lovin after a rough and tumble start to the season. This is only their second home game and a perfect opportunity for the 49ers to get back on track. A solid showing on all three fazes of the game would be greatly appreciated by the enduring Faithful.