So about that Panthers game. I went and rewatched it and tried to decide if this team is doing any better after than they were a year ago. My guess: why yes. There were some things that were just par for the course, obviously; Vance McDonald’s stone hands, Carlos Hyde coughing up a fumble for a TD, but beyond that, I liked what I saw.
Sure, some of the adjustments didn’t work, but at least they weren’t running it up the gut 50 times even though it was obviously it wasn’t working. The 49ers gave up some plays (uh, that defense did know Greg Olson is a good player, right?) but they were running around, being competitive, and the blowout didn’t come until the 4th quarter. Plus, some of those throws were just absolutely perfect. That Kelvin Benjhamin catch was covered fine by Jimmy Ward as far as I’m concerned, but it falling into his hands after was so lucky you’d think the 49ers were playing the Seattle Seahawks already. Speaking of Seattle, if you take out those perfect dimas, that game was eerily similar to the blowout the 49ers had in week 2 of the 2013 season.
It was a weird game at the end, but I was more happy coming out of that game than I was last year coming out of the Pittsburgh game. I’m going to go off on a limb though and say Blaine Gabbert is not the answer. The 49ers need a good wide receiver and a decent quarterback and then, they could be really, really evil. Onto the links!
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