Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Like it or not, the San Francisco 49ers will start the 2019 NFL season with a 3-0 record and a ton of confidence as the Steelers continue to tumble.
Sep 22, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) after throwing a pass in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
The injury absence of San Francisco HB Matt Brieda and QB Jimmy Garropolo resulted in much grief for the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. Finishing 4-12 last year was not quite what General Manager John Lynch envision when he hired Kyle Shanahan to take over at head coach and inked Garoppolo to a hefty contract. Nevertheless, his decisions are starting to show some promise. Building through the Draft; the 49ers acquired WR Debo Samuel in 2019, WR Dante Pettis in 2018, DL Nick Bosa (2019), acquired HB Matt Breida (undrafted), and opened Levi Stadium in 2014 to continue the legacy of their franchise. Certainly, 3-0 is a good start for them in 2019.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Levi's Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Finishing 4-12 last year was not quite what General Manager John Lynch envision when he hired Kyle Shanahan to take over at head coach and inked QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a hefty contract. Nevertheless, his decisions are starting to show some promise.
Let’s be humble
A handful of fumbles, 2-interception throws, and yet, the San Francisco 49ers still prevailed against Pittsburgh. NFL Analyst can’t possibly expect the 49ers to dethrone the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams with this sort of posture. I’ll be 1st to say that I believe in the 49ers. Not right now (this season), but within two seasons I’m convinced they will be the team running the NFC West. San Francisco has talent at every position, but they don’t particularly have the team chemistry that can will them to victories against experienced teams. If the Steelers hadn’t been so badgered by injuries, the 49ers would be sulking over being upset in their home opener. I’m not sure how I would address the mishaps if I were the head coach, but they need to be address in spite of the victory.
Steelers continue to tumble.
As if losing WR Antonio Brown and HB Le'Veon Bell in the off-season wasn't enough to change the morale of the Steelers locker room, a recent injury to their starting QB just added salt to an open wound. Inserting back-up QB Mason Rudolph, the Steelers were hoping to travel across the USA to Levi Stadium and demand NFL respect by upsetting the 49ers. At this point the only reverence the Steelers will receive in the NFL power rankings will come from passion fans and franchise associates. There’s no way on God’s green earth the 49ers should have defeated Pittsburgh with all the turnovers they committed.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers fumbles the ball after getting hit low by Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nevertheless, the Steelers are showing signs on the defensive side of the ball. LB T.J Watt is destined to be great in this league, and new acquisition DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is a complete ball hawk.
Nothing has changed regarding the Steelers approach to football. They still want to swing the ball with HB James Conner and weaponry at the WR position. Unfortunately they happen to be on the shallow end of misfortune this season. Maybe QB Mason Rudolph will keep them at .500 this season. Besides Baltimore (Ravens), no AFC North team has been consistently dominant this year and if anything the Steelers showed Sunday that they’ll remain competitive in spite of the calamity.
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