49ers Week 6 Overreactions: Is Blockbuster the Best Course of Action?


The 49ers’ win over the Los Angeles Rams makes things a lot more interesting for the last 10 games of the regular season.The 49ers now have 3-3. Ten NFC teams have three losses or less. Seven teams from each conference participate in the playoffs.

However, one of those NFC teams currently with four or more losses will advance and host a game as the Eastern Champion.

The NFL trade deadline is approaching – November 3 everyday – and GM John Lynch must decide how to handle this important date on the NFL calendar.

Here is this week’s edition of 49ers Overreactions:

Overreaction? Yes.

The 49ers, like all NFL teams, will be looking to cut costs after this season as the salary cap drops for the first time.

Making a successful trade for a dear veteran is not the right decision.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday the 49ers were “in no mood” to part with their draft picks.

“We had to do this last year to make a number of key measures which I think have helped us, but we don’t want another draft where we don’t have too many choices,” he said. he declared.

JJ Watt is a fantastic player, of course. But he’s 31 and has missed big portions in three of the past four seasons with injuries.

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The 49ers huddle up against the salary cap. Watt would cost them over $ 900,000 for every week he’s on the roster this season. Then it would be on the books for $ 17.5 million next year.

The 49ers will have to do a lot of rostering at the end of this season. They have a number of free agents, as well as several expensive veteran players that the club cannot afford to reduce in 2021 to their planned salaries.

The 49ers need those draft picks. They need to be able to supplement their squad with young players who are locked into low-cost contracts for four seasons.

Short-sighted trading is not the best plan for this organization.

Overreaction? Non.

Running back Raheem Mostert is on second base. The guy is always in a scoring position when he’s on the pitch.

Mostert is a large-scale dynamic threat. But the 49ers won’t have it for at least the next three games – and maybe a little longer. He sustained a badly sprained ankle late in the first half of the 49ers’ 24-16 win over the Rams on Sunday.

Mostert is the 49ers’ top runner averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He’s also improved a lot as a road runner out of the backfield. He’s a very good player who brings an element of game-breaking ability to the 49ers’ offense that they don’t get from anyone else.

That said, the 49ers should be OK for the short term without him.

They built exceptional depth in the running back with Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty. Tevin Coleman (knee) is expected to be activated off reserve injured as early as next week.

Additionally, Shanahan enjoys using wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as part of the team’s running game.

Mostert is important for the offense. They make a better team without him. But the 49ers can make up for his loss with a mix of players already in the building.

Overreaction? Yes and no.

The 49ers are still in the playoff race.

If they still play like they did against the Rams, they’ll be successful. If they lean more toward their appearance against the Miami Dolphins, they won’t.

The 49ers showed Sunday night they still have enough good players to make a playoff run. This year, perhaps more than any other, just qualifying for the playoffs. After that, anything can happen.

RELATED: 49ers Expect To Place Mostert, Garland On Injury Pool

But if the 49ers’ season does not continue into January, there is no doubt that injuries will be the main factor. Nick Bosa’s season ended at the start of Week 2. Dee Ford and Weston Richburg might not be on the field for the remainder of the season. Richard Sherman’s status remains uncertain.

In all, 12 players are on the injured reserve with Mostert and center Ben Garland traveling there later this week. And three players are physically unable to play. The won’t be back until the third month of the season at the earliest.

NBC Sports’ Cris Collinsworth summed it up over the weekend:

“The system is a great system,” he said. “Defensively, they have a lot to understand. But when you don’t have players, I don’t care who your coaches are. I don’t care about the design, if you don’t have the players it doesn’t work.


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