The 49ers won, but at what cost?
The San Francisco 49ers easily took out the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, but that’s not necessarily a major accomplishment. The Jets are mailing it in with Adam Gase at the helm, who inspires no confidence as a leader of men at the professional level.
Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers, meanwhile, have Super Bowl hopes yet again, but they’ll have to do so without some major contributors. Nick Bosa was carted off the field in the first half, and the team fears he tore his ACL. Solomon Thomas suffered the same fate.
In the third quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo was forced to leave with an ankle issue. Shanahan revealed that to be a high ankle sprain, which could keep Jimmy G out 4-6 weeks at its worst. That’s a significant portion of the season.
Can the 49ers survive with this many injuries?
Should Garoppolo be forced to miss time, Shanahan will look to Nick Mullens, who filled in just fine today, to lead the offense in the interim. With Shanahan’s play-calling, there’s a chance they can wade the tough waters ahead. The NFC West will not feel any sympathy for last season’s division champions. The Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals all have postseason aspirations, making the road to supremacy out of those four teams all the more challenging. Doing so shorthanded may be impossible.
Bosa is irreplaceable. He’s arguably the best pass-rusher in the game, or at least among the select few who can make a claim to the throne. Without Bosa, the 49ers pass rush will have trouble hitting home, which can expose just about any secondary regardless of the names on the back end.
San Francisco is 2-0, which is the ultimate goal. But they’re in trouble.