AUTHOR’S NOTE: The bulk of the stories following Sunday’s win will, understandably, revolve around the courage and tenacity of Marquise Goodwin and his wife Morgan. Out of respect for Goodwin and his family, I will not be discussing this today. We here at 49ersHUB hold Marquise and his wife in our hearts.
There have been thousands and thousands of words written this season by the plethora of writers that cover the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL as a whole, discussing the rebuild in general and the youth of the team in particular. So many of the shortcomings associated with the team this year has in some way had to do with the youth of the team. Injuries that are partially due to lack of satisfactory technique and fundamentals. Turnovers/Big plays given up due to lack of experience. Unfamiliar schemes on offense and defense that are taking longer than anticipated to memorize and internalize. All this and if you’ve seen any of the “3 Keys” articles I’ve done in the past, a recurring theme that has developed is the need for a mental toughness to develop through those struggles, to give them the necessary mental advantage to win games.
So, of course, it is only fitting that on the day the 49ers celebrated the men and women of our Armed Forces, that the 49ers found that grit and resiliency, and pulled off their first win of 31-21 against the New York Giants
Of course, the natural caveat: The New York Giants are not good. As much as injuries have hurt the 49ers, they have done the same to The Giants. Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. are both out for the season and the only real targets Eli Manning has left are Sterling Shepherd and rookie Evan Engram, and when it comes to effective offensive players, Engram and Shepherd are joined solely by Orleans Darkwa. 3 players to cover, and that’s basically it for the Giants offense. Eli Manning has been less than effective as QB and rumors have swirled about whether he should be benched in order to evaluate QB Davis Webb. All of those are joined by the uncertainty of HC Ben McAdoo’s future with the team. It’s clear based on reports that he was on the hot seat prior to this game. Who knows how things will shake out now that he was, in his own words, outcoached by the coach of a winless team.
None of this, however, should lessen the impact of the Niners win. CJ Beathard, while not perfect by any means, still threw for 288 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The skill position players, including newly signed WR Louise Murphy all did well. P Bradley Pinion only had to punt once.
So what happens post-bye week? Will Jimmy Garoppolo start? Will the skill players continue to improve on this weeks play? Will Reuben Foster continue to develop into the leader of this defense?
The 49ers have a tough matchup next against the Seattle Seahawks, but for now, at least, the future is a little brighter.
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