The Niners are two weeks into the 2017 season and there seems to be some trends developing. Most Niners faithful felt like they would be 0-2 at this point in the season because they had 2 tough opponents. Well they are 0-2 but the Panthers and Seahawks are having their own problems. Both Seattle and Carolina struggled on offense and were ripe for an upset. But alas only the Niner fans are upset
In both games the Niners defense played well enough to win. The defensive line play has been very good and the defensive backs, for the most part, have held up their end of the bargain. The defense has done well while being on the field over 60% of the game. In addition, Deforest Buckner continues to improve to the point that he is now one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL. The Niners overall earned a B for their efforts.
On-the-other-hand the Niners offense has not been very effective to the point of going 8 quarters without a TD. The offensive struggles are mainly due to a nonexistent passing game. Brian Hoyer is the lowest rated starting QB in the NFL. He is lacking pocket awareness, poise, accuracy and mobility. In short his first two performances are rated an F. Admittedly he at times has not had the best pass blocking support and Goodwin has dropped a couple of key passes but that does not excuse Hoyer’s overall poor play and lack of leadership.
The one offensive bright spot is the ground game. Carlos Hyde ran for well over 100 yards against the Seahawks and started well against the Panthers until the Niners got behind by half time and were forced to throw the ball at the expense of the running game.
Shanahan and Lynch have to be scratching their heads about what to do about the quarterback situation. In fact Hoyer is exhibiting all the same traits that Blaine Gabbert showed last year until he benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick. This week’s game against the Rams may be a watershed moment for Hoyer’s 49ers career. Another bad performance against a below average Rams team could be the start of the end for Hoyer. Even though Shanahan and Lynch have 6 year contracts there still is need and desire to show Niners fans that they are an upgrade from the 2016 2-14 team.