Another week, another write up on a 49ers loss. I’m not sure what’s better — when we were in the period of time when San Francisco kept losing game after game by three points or less, or now that they’ve lost two in a row by at least 20+ points (10-40 vs DAL, 10-33 vs PHI). Even though they were blown out of the water Sunday, there were still a few bright spots. Let’s take a look at the good, bad, and ugly from the match-up against the Eagles.
Although Douzable is a nine-year NFL veteran, he is still somewhat new to 49ers fans. Well, that surely changed after Sunday. Douzable not only started Sunday against the Eagles, but was successful in generating pressure on PHI QB Carson Wentz for most of the game. He finished with five tackles, two sacks, and two QB hits in the loss against Philadelphia. The 49ers might have found a new mainstay on the defensive line rotations.
Solomon Thomas was all over the place Sunday. Along with the aforementioned Douzable, Dumervil, and Watson, Thomas and the entire 49ers defensive line was disruptive for most of the game. The d-line helped keep the game under three points up until the two-minute warning in the first half. It is certainly encouraging for 49ers fans to see Thomas developing right in front of our very eyes. It’ll be exciting to see him on a contending 49ers team, with something to really play for.
49ers rookie CB Ahkello Witherspoon got the start over struggling CB Rashard Robinson Sunday against the Eagles. For the most part, Witherspoon played fairly well. He even snagged his first career interception on pass that floated quite a bit away from the receiver. If Witherspoon can develop into a CB1 for the 49ers, it would certainly take a massive load off of Rashard Robinson, perhaps that’s all he needs to return to his play of old.
To be fair, we aren’t sure if any quarterback would’ve done much better behind that battered offensive line. Beathard did hang in there and showed a lot of heart, but there were a lot of questionable decisions on his part. He was repeatedly hitting receivers behind them, instead of leading them into the pass. This forced a lot of passes to fall incomplete, as the receivers had to stop and reach across their bodies to catch the ball. If Beathard can get some protection under center, his development should continue to improve. However if not, we’re all in for another performance just like we saw today.
I joked around on Twitter today saying that flags stick to Robinson like velcro, but man is it true. Robinson was again called for a handful of penalties against the Eagles Sunday. The coaches obviously noticed Robinson is struggling, as they gave rookie Ahkello Witherspoon the start over him.
Robbie Gould: Blocked Kick
As soon as the Fox production team put up the infographic stating how Gould is 100% from FGs 20-29 yards, I knew something bad was about to happen. Sure enough, Eagles rookie defender Derek Barnett was able to jump up and block Gould’s attempt to bring the game three points closer.
The 49ers offensive-line has to be near the very, very top of their needs heading into next year. The Eagles defensive-line set up camp in the 49ers backfield, they were there more often than SF’s offensive-line was! The 49ers were already without perhaps their best offensive lineman, Trent Brown, heading into the game Sunday, and it only got worse from there. His replacement, Gary Gilliam went down early on as well with a knee injury. Longest-tenured 49er Joe Staley took an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from an Eagles defender that went unpenalized. Staley was rolling on the ground, obviously in a lot of pain. He was forced to receive a few stitches in the locker room, and will likely miss an extended period of time.