By Jason B. Hirschhorn
On Monday, the Green Bay Packers play their final game before the bye against the San Francisco 49ers. David Fucillo of Niners Nation was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the 49ers and provide insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: As Week 6’s Monday Night Football game, the league and ESPN certainly expected 49ers versus Packers to offer more excitement than it does on paper. Would this game still look like a marquee matchup if not for Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, or have other issues limited San Francisco thus far in the season?
If the NFL could flex Monday Night Football games, I have little doubt the NFL would have moved this game a week ahead of them moving the 49ers-Rams Sunday Night Football matchup. C.J. Beathard is a capable backup quarterback, but he’s not Jimmy Garoppolo. I wouldn’t be surprised if he put up decent numbers against the Packers, and this might even be a competitive game, but without Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s just not the same.
A healthy Jimmy Garoppolo gave the 49ers an outside shot at the playoffs, but they were still a fringe contender to a certain degree. Their offensive line has been a work in progress, although it is showing signs of coming together of late. The receiver corps has been short-handed with leading receiver Marquise Goodwin injured a sizable chunk of the year. And losing running back Jerick McKinnon to an ACL tear during training camp led to a change in the weekly gameplan. They are putting together good work on the ground, but McKinnon was going to offer a big tool in the short passing...