Disappointing, Disappointing, Disappointing: 49ers stink it up in opener

Bonta Hill examines the Niners Week 1 dud

Bonta Hill
September 10, 2017 - 8:10 pm

A lot positive energy swirled around the 49er faithful during the preseason, especially after their strong showing in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.

So who could blame fans and experts for feeling all warm and fuzzy about their prospects of upsetting the Carolina Panthers in their season opener?

I drank the kool-aid, thinking Kyle Shanahan’s excellent play-calling and play designing would catch Ron Rivera and company off guard.

Nope, that never came to fruition as the 49ers were nearly blanked at home, losing their first season opener in seven years, 23-3.

The 49ers head coach was obviously bummed about his teams’ performance. Didn’t matter that it was his debut as an NFL head coach.

“Anytime you lose and lose that way, it’s frustrating and disappointing,” Shanahan said. “I’ll feel that all day today and all night, and I’m sure our players will too. We’ve got to watch the tape tomorrow morning and figure out a way to get better.”

Watching the tape won’t do anything for Shanahan, as his fourth-down gambles backfired (1-4 overall), and left many befuddled with his play selection on those downs.

The rookie HC also had to watch his starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer, take a pounding behind their patchwork offensive line. Hoyer was sacked four times, but hit numerous times in the pocket. It’s a miracle he finished the game in one piece.

"It was probably as disappointing as it could have been," said Hoyer, who finished 24-for-35 for 193 yards and interception.

Disappointing seemed to be the word of the day around Levi’s Stadium. The offense — Shanahan’s area of expertise — was sloppy, committing 10 penalties and showed no type of awareness when it came to clock management.

The offense’s performance was so unflattering that the faithful that made it down to the first game of the Shanahan and John Lynch era were obviously disappointed as well:

I mean, who could blame them for wanting to suffer in the heat and watch the 49ers look like an expansion team on offense? Now, I do think it’s weak for the fans to start filing out in the middle of the third quarter, or heck, not even showing up at all:

Okay, that’s a cheap shot towards the Cal Bears, but you get the point.

Look, this is going to be no quick fix for Shanahan and company. We’ll probably hear the word “disappointing” 8,356,473 times this season, but in reality, this is a 4-5 win team at best.

I just thought the offense would look more creative and not, umm, tally up a disappointing 217 total yards.

The unfortunate ankle injury to Reuben Foster — who by the way looked phenomenal in his short time on the field — no doubt was deflating (Carolina scored a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage after Foster was carted off).

But the disappointment in Hoyer and company scoring three measly points is the real disappointment. The 49ers still have a very very long way away.

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