Well, that was pretty uninspiring.
That was a game we had to win. You can't dominate a team like we did for most of the first half and lose. We should have put points on the board on three of our first four drives, and how different would the game have been had we been up 13 or 17 to zero instead of 3-0?
Jalen Hurts had a Jalen Hurts kind of game. He threw beautiful balls and also somewhat disappeared in the second half until things were out of reach. I think we were somewhat too passive in our play calls in that we didn't attack the corners like I thought we should.
At the same time, we did move the ball okay. We had five drives that gained more than 50 yards, and only three that didn't really move the ball. Meanwhile the 49ers only had three drives of more than 50 yards.
On defense, we were outstanding until we weren't. And it's hard to really criticize the defense since they did their job for a lot of the game.
It was just a blah game. There isn't a lot to get really frustrated about, or anything to be really happy about. The 49ers are a good team, and we let them hang around when we shouldn't have. And we paid the price for that. At the same time, we have a second-year quarterback, young wide receivers and a new scheme. So expecting to be firing on all cylinders is maybe a stretch.
And yet, that felt like a game we should have not only won, but won pretty easily.
As far as individual performances, you can tell the scheme change has made our defense less easy to throw on and easier to run on. So it's hard to get upset that the 49ers were able to move the ball on the ground. And I can't really fault anyone on that side of the ball. The mistakes were frustrating, but they played well enough to win.
On offense, it was good to see Dickerson get on the field, and I actually think Brooks hasn't played great so far. As I mentioned, Hurts is what he is. I can't really fault him for some of the miscues in the red zone. I thought our playcalling wasn't great. At the same time, if he wants to be a starting NFL QB, he has to score TDs in those situations.
Overall, the biggest problem is that we are exactly where we don't want to be, swimming around in mediocrity. We should beat a team missing three starters on defense. The fact that we didn't isn't a great sign. The one thing you don't want to be in the NFL is slightly below average.
On a related note, you can see why the 49ers wanted to move on from Garappolo. As uninspiring as we were, his performance was equally as blah. Overall, that was a game that lacked great quarterback play on either side, which is why it wasn't that compelling. It felt like watching two teams who aren't really going anywhere.
Hopefully next week will be better.