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49ers Pre Game: Sunday Fun Day

It pains me to say this, but the 49ers, they’re just not good. The defense, which I kept telling people all offseason is underrated, is one of the worst in the league. The offense was never close to what it was last season during the final games of the season and that was on a limited playbook. I figured Jimmy Garoppolo with an entire offseason with Kyle Shanahan would be unstoppable.

Remember the A-Team movie with Liam Neeson? One of my favorite lines to quote to describe Garoppolo and Shanahan this offseason:

“Give me a minute, I’m good. Give me an hour, I’m great. Give me six months, I’m unbeatable.”

— Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith

Instead, we have a team that’s barely 1-3 and could easily be 0-4 at this point. I said even with C.J. Beathard they would still go 7-9 but that was with them beating the Chargers last Sunday, which they did not.

But there are still 12 games left to play and damn it, I’m going to root my heart out for them. They are still my team and I will always be red and gold till I’m dead and cold. Another game that I said they could win with Beathard was the game this Sunday against the Cardinals. And even though the team is in disarray I still believe they can and will win.

The Cardinals are still winless this season and we definitely do not want to see them get their first win against the Red and Gold. Their offense played better with Josh Rosen under center than they have the previous weeks with Sam Bradford but he’s still a rookie and will make rookie mistakes. Maybe this is the type of game the defense can use to figure themselves out. If not maybe Reuben Foster can at least hit Rosen hard and welcome him into the NFL.

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After going out early in the game against the Chiefs with a calf injury and missing the game against the Chargers last week, Richard Sherman is hoping to be active against the Cardinals. If there is any player that knows how to capitalize on mistakes from the quarterback it’s Sherman.

The 49ers offense will have a tough game on offense if Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Weston Richburg, all dealing with knee injuries, are unable to play. Though McGlinchey and Richburg did return to practice on Thursday so things are trending in the right direction for them to play this Sunday.

Marquise Goodwin is still dealing with his quadriceps injury he suffered Week 1 and hasn’t really been able to get going, hopefully, that will change this Sunday.

Winning is fun, rooting for your team when they win is fun, I want to have fun this Sunday. If the 49ers could help their fans have fun this Sunday, that would be great.

Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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