Loss is an understatement. This was absolute destruction, the sort of sobering beat down that demonstrated that the 49ers probably are closer to an 0-7 team than the 4-2, 5-1 team that they could have been before meeting the Cowboys. The performance was so bad, it was almost as bad upon second and third viewing. The only saving grace on those occasions was probably that I knew what was coming.
Adrian Colbert: The rookie safety came in after K’waun Williams got hurt and played pretty well. There may have been a bust in coverage on the Byrant TD but on the whole, the rookie looked like he belonged out there, as he took good angles to the ball and made his tackles.
C.J. Beathard: In his first full match, Beathard was solid, despite being pressured at a season high 42% for 49ers’ quarterbacks. He would have had a TD throw to Goodwin if his normally reliable tackles had held up, appeared to command the huddle, made some big plays and certainly looked an upgrade on Brian Hoyer. Right now, that’s all we can really ask.
Carlos Hyde’s running: Hyde was once again a force carrying the ball. He invariably beat at least one tackler and demonstrated why the 49ers (allegedly) are trying to resign him this offseason. For all the offseason talk about his fit in this scheme, the former Buckeye is letting his on field performances do the talking.
Reliable and/or experienced players underperforming in key moments: The normally reliable Trent Taylor fumbled the ball away after a quick three and out on the Cowboys’ opening series which gifted the Cowboys’ 7 points. Joe Staley AND Trent Brown missed key blocks when C.J. Beathard had Marquise Goodwin open in the end zone. Daniel Kilgore got destroyed by David Irving on a third down play. Carlos Hyde and Garrett Celek combined to see Beathard get sliced in half by Tyrone Crawford. DeForest Buckner couldn’t get to the quarterback. No player stepped up when the team needed them most and there always seemed to be one key breakdown in key moments. That has to change and it may require a bevy of new personnel before it does.
Almost everything: I think that just about covers it.
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