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Article Title: Is It All Over?
Article Date: October 28 2003
By Bryan Hersh

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Is it all over? Have the 49ers sunk to a depth they will not be able to rise out of? At 3-5 and facing the NFC West leading Rams this weekend, it is indeed a possibility that this is the case. The 49ers lost in an ugly manner to the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend, and the blame really has to go to the coaching staff. Yes, the refs blew some calls, and Owen Pochman couldn’t hit a field goal if his life depended on it – but those were really minor in the grand scheme of things.

It became quite evident early in the game, that the coaching staff was not going to go with the bread and butter that allowed them to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions last year. Once again we saw Garcia dropping back 7 steps and slinging the ball incomplete, once again the run was abandoned and once again the 49ers lost.

Yup this lost lies squarely on the coaching staff’s shoulders, just like the others did this season, only now the excuses have run out. This coaching staff may be better next year (and gosh I’d rather not have to find out), but it is quite clear that they are not good enough to do it in the NFL. The management isn’t a whole lot better as Pochman had no right being on the field this weekend.

All in all the 49ers once again weren’t prepared, couldn’t make adjustments and failed to utilize the talent that they do have on this roster. Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to say it, but our coaching staff is not even half as good as the ‘horrible’ coaches last year. If you thought we were predictable last season, have a look at what we are doing this season. One game film session and you will find the tendencies of this team. Imagine what people who are paid to do this would find?

This weekend the 49ers take on the St. Louis Rams in the second meeting this season. While the Rams have improved since their last victory over the 49ers, the 49ers haven’t. The 49ers continue to slide each week, even when there is a glimmer of hope. And so I refuse to get ‘up’ for this game. I hope we win every game for the rest of the season, but I don’t think we will. Right now I am quite confident that we will see 3 more losses this season before we even see one more win.

If you haven’t figured out yet, the changes the 49ers made and didn’t make this off-season have take this team from playoff calibre to the bottom of the NFL. Right now I really wonder if the Bengals are a better team then us. They certainly made a better coaching move, as did Cowboys.

At some point soon the 49ers will start playing their youngsters and looking towards next season as opposed to focussing specifically on this season. Perhaps that would be the best move this team makes. All I know is that with every extra loss, next years group of free agents – like Julian Peterson, have to start wondering if this truly is where they want to spend the next 4 years of their careers.