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Golden Nuggets: Gone to the Birds

San Francisco 49ers links for Monday, September 28, 2015

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Seems like we could almost take everything we said after last week's game, except replace the "Pittsburgh Steelers" with "Arizona Cardinals" and "Ben Roethlisberger" with "Carson Palmer". This time though, there was no silver lining since Colin Kaepernick looked as hideous yesterday as he was credible the first two games. I saw the Colts game earlier and Andrew Luck was having as much trouble as Kaepernick struggling with his protection and his accuracy. Yet somehow Luck came back from adversity and found a way to win that game. I'm still hoping that Colin can find that same magic.

The very few positives I can take from this game are Jarryd Hayne's improving return game and Carlos Hyde continuing to show hard gains on the run. I will not count the 49ers out this early yet, since we've seen stranger things happen in the NFL in previous seasons. What I will say though is that the front office, the coaching staff and the players all need to sit down and figure out what they are doing wrong and find a much better way.

The 49ers have faced two quality opponents so far and they have not even come close to competing against either team. It always hurts to see your team lose, but if it's gonna happen, I would at least want to see them compete or perhaps see young players get a bigger chance to develop. Now, let's see what's developing in the media today:

Game Recaps

Game Rewind: 49ers Drop NFC West Opener to Cardinals (49ers)

49ers, Kaepernick horrible in 47-7 debacle at Arizona (Inman)

49ers embarrassed in Arizona, 47-7 (Branch)

49ers stumble and stagger to 47-7 loss to Cardinals (SF Chronicle)

Cardinals roll over 49ers for third consecutive double-digit win (PFT)

Post-Game Analysis

49ers lose 47-7: It's time to hold Jed York accountable (BASG)

What We Learned from 49ers vs. Cardinals (Price)

Cardinals' Mathieu says 49ers passing game ‘has just simplified so much' (Inman)

Cardinals pick off Kaepernick four times in blowout (Rosenthal)

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers embarrassed by Cardinals (Gutierrez)

49ers report card: You can't spell offense without some Fs (Barrows)

Thompson: This is who 49ers really are (SJMN)

49ers 7, Cardinals 47: Grades (G.Cohn)


Reaction as Jarryd Hayne stars for awful San Francisco 49ers (NEWS AU)

NaVorro Bowman Reacts to 49ers Defeat in Arizona: 'There Are No Excuses' (49ers)

Notes: NaVorro Bowman checks on knee; Jarryd Hayne keys TD; Vernon Davis blanked (Inman)

49ers notes: Bowman's frustration; Cards' plan for Vernon (Maiocco)

QB Issues

49ers Colin Kaepernick: ‘I put our team behind the eight ball from the jump' (Inman)

Colin Kaepernick's massive implosion: The clearest sign yet that the 49ers have no idea what they're doing, not at all (Kawakami)

San Francisco 49ers' Future at Quarterback Murky After Week 3 Blowout (G.Cohn)

Struggling Colin Kaepernick Must Show Improvement for 49ers to Invest Past 2015 (B/R)

Jim Tomsula: 'Colin Is Our Quarterback' (49ers)