The Niners came out to play against the Rams… for half of the first quarter. Then they played their same familiar song over and over again to the tune of 4 turnovers on 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles and 7 QB sacks in a 39-10 loss.
Not much to talk to about as the best team in the NFL clearly dominated the Niners in every category. It will take a minimum of 2 years after Garoppolo comes back that the Niners can think about competing with the Rams.
Following are some of my rambling thoughts:
I can say this about a lot of QB’s in this league, but Niner QB’s MUST learn to throw the ball away when their receivers are covered instead of taking a drive killing sack. This applies equally to both Garoppolo and Beathard.
Since this season is lost, why not try switching Soloman Thomas to the inside and move DeForest Buckner to the outside? At Stanford, Thomas was very effective as a defensive Tackle because of his quickness. Buckner just may be the pass rusher that the Niners are missing.
The Rams defensive game plan was fairly easy. Since the Niners have only one deep threat, Marquis Goodwin, they double covered him every play. He had only 2 receptions for 24 yards. Trent Taylor and Pierre Garcon were the only other wide receivers to have a reception, 1 each for a total of 11 yards.
The Niners defensive front four actually had a good game as they held the league’s best rusher, Todd Gurley, to 63 yards on 15 carries.
Arik Armstead finally showed up and had a good game with 5 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss, and 3 QB hits.
Sad to say, but other than Richard Sherman, the rest of the Niners CB’s and Safeties are poor to average players at best.
Niners need to rest Matt Breida for a full month until he heals his high ankle sprain. Last year, Bryce Love courageously played every week for Stanford with a similar ankle injury. This year, Love is not the same player. The Niners need a healthy Breida for the future.
George Kittle is becoming a premier Tight End. Every week, he puts up good numbers with some exciting runs after catches. Yesterday, Kittle had 5 catches on 8 targets for 98 yards and the Niners only TD. He should make Good Morning Football’s Angry Run list this week on his 23 yard reception that was a 3 yard pass and a very impressive 20 yard run that including a stiff arm on one defender, Marcus Peters, while dragging Troy Hill for another 5 yards.
The highlight of the day was the unveiling of the new Dwight Clark and Joe Montana statues at Levi Stadium. It brought back fond memories of “The Catch” that launched the Niners Glory Days. More importantly, it honored Dwight both as a football player and as a beloved and courageous human being. Sadly, he lost his battle to ALS on June 4, 2018.
Around the League:
- The Cowboys vs Redskins game came down to the final play, a 47 yards field goal attempt by the Cowboys to tie the game. Illegal motion by the Cowboys moved the ball back 5 yards and their field goal attempt hit the cross bar, game over.
- The Saints vs Ravens game came down to the final play. The Ravens scored with 24 seconds left and needed only an extra point kick to tie the game by the league’s best kicker, Justin Tucker. He had made 221 consecutive extra points, never missing. So, what happened? He missed and the Ravens lost.
- The Patriots vs Bears game was a barn burner and that game also came down to the final play. The Bears needed 55 yards on the final play of the game to tie. So, Mitchell Trubisky threw a “Hail Mary” which was caught by Kevin White. Unfortunately for the Bears, they got 54 yards. Bears lose. Trubisky needs some lessons from Aaron Rodgers to put at least 1 more yard of umpf into his throw.
- The Browns vs Bucs game went into OT. The Browns lost 26-23 on a 59 yard field goal. The Browns are no longer bad, but they still have bad luck.
- The Oakland Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys who gave up their 2019 #1 draft pick for Cooper. This trade says a lot for both teams. The Cowboys are still disillusioned to think that they are still in the playoff hunt. Giving up a #1 draft pick for an average receiver is an act of desperation by the Cowboys. It will turn out to be a bad trade for them. It is now clear that Chucky Gruden signed up to coach the Vegas Raiders, not the Oakland Raiders. He has traded the best pass rusher in the game (Khalil Mack) for the Bears #1 pick and now Cooper to the Cowboys for their #1 pick. Thus, with their own #1 pick which just may be the first overall pick in the draft, the Raiders now have 3 1st round picks next year… or more #1 picks next year than wins this year. It’s a gamble but, this is why they are moving to Vegas. Sadly, the losers in all of this are the Oakland Raider fans.