My first take away from last night: If you take a QB #1 overall, then demote him to third string right after moving your franchise to a new city, you REALLY can't have your starting QB go 17-35, 130 yards, 2 INT's, a 5.0 QBR, and no touchdowns on the way to catching a 28-0 skunk from a team many teams consider to be in the bottom 4 in the league. I truly wish that Hard Knocks went the first 4 weeks of the regular season as well just to see the Ram's D line coach Mike Waufle absolutely lose his shit at the D Line the next day. Good old Jeff Fisher always finding away to stick around as head coach is perennially one of my favorite off season stories, that man never leaves the hot seat one way or the other. The rams were so one dimensional the Niners could load up the box with 8 every single play without any fear of repercussions for their secondary whatsoever. The D line looked great, getting in the backfield at will and creating gaps for Bowman to sprint freely in at Gurley or Keenum. The Rams have a long way to go to even get to that 7-9 mark Fisher said he wouldn't be going.
On to the UNDEFEATED San Francisco 49ers, 1-0 in the Chip Kelly Era and in first place in the NFC West.
Chip Kelly now has the best winning percentage as a 49ers head coach, move over Walsh. In all seriousness this was a surprisingly easy win for the 49ers who looked abysmal all of last year showed what could easily be a top 10 defense, with the front 7 leading and the secondary taking care of the rest led by hard hitting Eric Reid. The offense was a bit of a different story. While Carlos Hyde is a true Stud at RB, the rest of the Offense leaves much to be desired. Many deficiencies in skill can be hidden in a hurry up offense that forces a defense on its heels so they can only give you one look. One inadequacy stood out more then the others on the offense: Blaine Gabbert is not the answer at QB. His performance last night will not get the job against the top half of teams in the league, he was blessed with a couple of dropped picks that if not for the ineptitude of the Ram's, could have brought them back in the game. I don't know if Kaepernick is the answer either, while his arm maybe a little more erratic than Gabbert, with this offensive scheme I'd rather take that chance with the added element of the speed he brings to the field.
Ultimately it was a great win and all my fellow 49ers fans should celebrate. Next week, we have to go to Carolina to play a PISSED off Panthers team, so lets enjoy being undefeated while we can.
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