Today, the San Francisco 49ers will face the Seattle Seahawks in one of the toughest stadiums to play. The game, which is sure to be terrible in so many different ways, is heavily slanted in Seattle’s favor, at least on paper. And in the betting lines. And by every expert at SB Nation. And by every other expert on the Internet.
But hey, the 49ers showed something against the Carolina Panthers that they haven’t shown in a long time: the ability to run a varied, coherent offense. Sure, they only ran it for roughly half of the time they actually possessed the ball, but there were flashes of actual coaching done and that’s a massive step up from Jim Tomsula.
Remember folks, we’re only one step removed from Tomsula. We’re not even that far removed from Mike Singletary, as much as ya’ll would like to forget that happened. I don’t think the 49ers will get anywhere special with Blaine Gabbert. Nor Colin Kaepernick. There are significant players on both sides of the ball that I think are just duds.
But I don’t know, personally I felt there was a real silver lining to that Panthers game. I hope Chip Kelly doesn’t let this thing get away from him, and that he doesn’t lose focus like he did in Philadelphia. Because good coaching is always the first step.
probably lose to beat the Seahawks. Go Niners.
Mailbag: When will offense speed up? (Maiocco)