San Francisco 49ers have had a tough start to the season. An opening day win at the Dallas Cowboys in which their defense dominated seems now to have been a false down for the 49ers.
Having come within one play of making it to their second successive Super Bowl earlier this year, the 49ers are now dealt with the harsh reality that they might not even make the playoffs this season.
It is hard enough when you've got to play the world champion Seattle Seahawks twice a season, but throw an ever improving Arizona Cardinals into the mix, and the 49ers could be set for a terrible season.
On Sunday, the 49ers faced up against Arizona Cardinals on the road. The contest was tight and had many highlights for both teams, but for the 49ers, there were far more troubling topics for conversation post-game.
The worst thing about the loss for San Francisco was the fact that they gave away so many key penalties during the game. Their lack of discipline was there for all to see and it cost them the game.
Although the 49ers poor effort on the ground on Sunday will be a big worry for Niner fans, it is their poor discipline that could really disrupt the rest of their season.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh has done some tremendous things during his time with the five-time Super Bowl champions. Two NFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance in three seasons is excellent going. But sooner or later, he has to win the big one.
The 49ers search for their sixth Lombardi Trophy has taken over the whole franchise. In the off-season, there were strong rumors that suggested senior San Francisco personnel were in the belief that a lot of coaches could win with the 49ers.
This led to speculation over whether Harbaugh would even be the coach of the Niners when the season began. Thankfully for Harbaugh, that’s all it was, just speculation.
Losing respect and support
But it was reported this summer that Harbaugh has lost the respect of senior 49ers players. According to reports, some of the senior players in the 49ers ranks have become frustrated at Harbaugh’s methods, and on Sunday against the Cardinals, we saw some scenes that would suggest there is definitely some tension between senior players and the 49ers head coach.
Late in the fourth quarter, following a 49ers mistake, Anquan Boldin was pictured going at it back and forth with Jim Harbaugh. It wasn’t a normal argument. It didn’t look healthy. There were no moments of compromise between the two men.
Instead, it looked as though Boldin said his piece and Harbaugh lost the exchange of words with the veteran wideout. It might have been nothing, but more defeats for the 49ers this season will reveal the Niners dirty little secret that Harbaugh’s position as head coach is not secure.
Harbaugh doesn’t have the ability to bounce back like Rex Ryan did after poor seasons followed some huge success. Unlike Ryan, Harbaugh doesn’t have the same respect and support from senior 49ers personnel. The 49ers will not make the NFL playoffs this season, and when that happens, Jim Harbaugh will be sacked.