The San Francisco 49ers are coming off one of a disappointing 11-10 loss to Denver.
For the second time in only three weeks the 49ers offense was able to generate only 10 points.
It was the worst performance by a San Francisco offense with this type of talent since Jim Druckenmiller was forced to start in place of Steve Young against St. Louis in 1997. At least Druckenmiller was able to lead the 49ers to a 15-12 victory in that contest.
Easy to understand why every question this week was focused on the offense.
The Notorious G.A.V. @NotoriusGav – Are fans overreacting to the 49ers being 1-2 just like they were when the team was 3-5 last season? Why should we keep calm right now?
Yes, there has been an overreaction from 49ers fans to the loss on Sunday night.
Any time the team loses there is backlash. However, this loss coupled with the injury to Trey Lance the week prior against Seattle has a put the angst from some at full tilt.
Everything is being questioned. We are hearing the slow start is the result of Kyle Shanahan missing Mike McDaniel. How quickly we forget the 49ers started 3-5 last season with McDaniel on the coaching staff.
The concerns being expressed around Jimmy Garoppolo hold more validity.
Kyle Shanahan dialed up several big play opportunities on Sunday which were missed by the veteran quarterback.
As far as why you should keep calm, that one is simple.
If the 49ers defeat Los Angeles on Monday night, they will move into first place in the NFC West. The following two weeks show winnable games on the road against Carolina and Atlanta. A 4-2 start to the season would set San Francisco up for the remainder of their schedule.
Just an average guy @nightwing01 – After watching the film review, Jimmy doesn’t do three main things: Transfer his weight correctly, read the defense correctly, and deliver the football consistently. If he is terrible this week, should Kyle Shanahan move on the Brock Purdy to at least see what they have?
It’s important to remember that Jimmy Garoppolo came into this season as the backup quarterback.
While Shanahan has been loyal to his starters, we have seen him bench the backup in favor of another quarterback when the offense isn’t working.
However, I wouldn’t expect to see a quarterback change until the 49ers are eliminated from playoff contention.
It’s like last year when Shanahan chose to stick with Garoppolo despite the 3-5 start. Had San Francisco lost the Monday night game to Los Angeles and fallen to 3-6, it’s very likely we would have seen Trey Lance inserted to finish off the season.
ListensToYourPodcast @MemesYourPod – Do you think trading so many picks to draft a raw QB was a mistake for a team with a roster that’s ready to win now?
I don’t. They weren’t committed long term to Jimmy Garoppolo, so they made the move they felt necessary to put them over the top. However, 49ers decision to move up and select Trey Lance created a very difficult situation for Lance and the team. This was compounded by Lance being the only quarterback taken in the first round in 2021 to not start the majority of games for their new team.
Although sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo was the correct move, proven by the team advancing to the NFC Championship game, it added fuel to the fire from national media about the readiness of Lance.
As Shanahan and John Lynch pledged their belief in Lance during the offseason, the questions didn’t die down.
An up and down training camp, followed by the team signing Garoppolo to a restructured contract and then a loss to Chicago in week one kept the discussion going.
With Lance now out, the conversation will carry over to 2023.
Brian Bonfantini Nitenson @NitensonBrian – How long until Shanahan is on the hot seat?
I believe Shanahan will get at least one full year with Trey Lance before his job is in jeopardy.
The only way that would change is having this season become a complete disaster and he loses the locker room.
Shanahan was able to weather the early season storm last year. In fact, I believe it was one of the best coaching jobs we’ve seen in San Francisco when you consider all of the outside noise.
Doug @ohdouger – How do you think the 49ers offensive line holds up against the Rams defensive line?
Aaron Donald is one of the best in the game, but the Rams defensive line around him is not as strong as it was a season ago.
San Francisco was missing at least one starter along the offensive line in each of the three matchups last year.
Despite playing without Mike McGlinchey in the first regular season game and then being without Trent Williams as well for the season finale the 49ers swept both games. In the NFC Championship game, the 49ers still didn’t have McGlinchey, and Williams was hobbled with a high ankle sprain. Despite the injuries San Francisco held a ten-point lead entering the fourth quarter.