San Francisco 49ers: Woes of A Long And Dreary Season Continue


The San Francisco 49ers dropped another game, playing poorly against Cincinnati, continuing what has been a dreadful season.

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The San Francisco 49ers saw another defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday evening, dropping to a dismal 4-10 on the year in a nightmare of a season. The 49ers weren’t just simply defeated Sunday, they were demolished.  Their fall has been shocking given that the team is just two years removed from an NFC Championship berth in 2013 under Jim Harbaugh.

Don’t let the 24-14 final score fool you into thinking that the 49ers were hanging with Cincinnati throughout the whole game. The Bengals were up 24-0 for most of the third quarter before San Francisco could even put points up on the board — a one yard touchdown dive by Bruce Miller. The team’s next touchdown came with a little north of two minutes to go in the fourth quarter when the game was already well out of reach.

To make matters worse, this is a 49ers team who found themselves down by 24 at one point to backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, who was playing in his second career NFL game Sunday. McCarron, replacing Andy Dalton after his season ending thumb injury last week, completed 15 of his 21 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown against the 28th-ranked San Francisco defense.

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Not to take anything away from McCarron, though. The former Alabama signal caller has shown the last two weeks that he can be a viable backup to Dalton whenever the team needs his services. But, the 49ers defense has been horrid this year, and there just simply aren’t any excuses for outings like they had on Sunday.

With the team’s final two games coming against the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams, the 49ers faithful have to wonder if maybe the team would be better off dropping the next two games to finish off the year 4-12 and solidify a top-10 draft selection. The team has needs on the defensive line, as well as key positions on the offensive side such as quarterback, right tackle, and wide receiver.

Regarding the team’s current quarterback situation, it’s looking more and more likely that Colin Kaepernick‘s days are coming to an end in San Francisco. While Blaine Gabbert has played fairly well this year in San Francisco, he may not be the long-term answer that the team is looking for at the quarterback position.

One good option for the 49ers could be quarterback Connor Cook out of Michigan State, whom could be a top-10 selection come draft night. The front office shouldn’t hesitate to draft Cook if he falls in their laps come April.

It’s been a rough year for first-year head coach Jim Tomsula, as he tries to coach this floundering 49ers team through a rebuild. Some may wonder whether or not Tomsula’s job security is in question, given recent reports as to whether or not the 49ers late game efforts are buying Tomsula time.

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If the reports are true regarding Tomsula’s security as the team’s head coach moving forward, there seems to be no reason why the 49ers front office would consider finding a new coach. It would be unfair to expect much from Tomsula in his first year considering what he has been given to work with.

One thing is for certain however, things have looked not so promising for the 49ers for about the last year. And if they want to get back to contention then the San Francisco brass has some questions to answer and moves to make this coming offseason.