Image Credit: 49ers
The Miami Dolphins absolutely drubbed the San Francisco 49ers 43-17. It is the most embarrassing loss of the Kyle Shanahan era. There is no sugar-coating this one, all the stock is down this week.
Stock Down: Head Scratching Coaching Decisions
The 49ers are decimated by injuries at the cornerback position. Starters Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Emmanuel Moseley were both inactive for the game and this led to practice squad call-up Brian Allen suiting up. The head scratching comes in with Ahkello Witherspoon, Shanahan’s “doghouse,” and Brian Allen being a scapegoat. Allen was victimized repeatedly by Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The first play from scrimmage saw Fitzpatrick drop a 37-yard pass down the sideline over Allen’s head and the beatings continued from there. Only after the game was way out of hand at halftime did Witherspoon come into the game. Is Kyle Shanahan’s ego worth watching Allen be abused over and over to show Witherspoon who is in charge? Is his ego worth the loss? Why did defensive coordinator Robert Saleh continue to leave Allen on an island? Why was Allen not provided safety help over the top when it was clear that he could not handle the deep ball? There are so many questions that we may never get the answers to about this game.
Stock Down: Jimmy G’s Horrendous Return
After watching QB Nick Mullens struggle mightily against the Philadelphia Eagles, it is safe to say that the 49ers were ready for the return of Jimmy Garoppolo. They were probably not expecting him to come out completely flat, devoid of confidence and throwing a pair of interceptions that challenged Mullens’s from last week. Garoppolo was pulled at halftime to “protect” his ankle despite not showing any sign of his ankle bothering him. C.J. Beathard was inserted and did not do much to inspire confidence in this offense. All in all, the quarterback play over the last two weeks is giving flashbacks to the 2000s era of 49ers football.
Stock Down: Where is the Pass Rush?
Yes, Nick Bosa and Dee Ford are injured. Yes, DeForest Buckner was traded to the Indianapolis Colts during the offseason. Yes, Arik Armstead is playing out of position to make up for the injuries. Yes, Javon Kinlaw is playing much more early on in his career that many people thought he would. Yes….not really sure where I was going with this. The pass rush looks like it did in 2018 and its resulting the depleted secondary getting picked apart. This is going to be a long season.
Stock Down: Dominating the “Easy” Part of the Schedule
The combined records of the teams the 49ers played through the first five weeks of the season are 6-18-1. The combined records of the teams the 49ers play over their next seven games is (as of Monday) 25-6. If the 49ers wanted to put together a playoff run, they needed to stockpile wins during the early season. Now they are headed into a gauntlet of teams while dealing with a ton of injuries, poor play and a severe lack of confidence. This stretch could see the 49ers winless until they play the Washington Football Team in December.
You can follow Matt on Twitter here!
Stay tuned to 49ersHub for more great 49ers coverage and analysis!