The real danger here is one of convenience. It’s almost too easy. If the 49ers go fully in the tank, the season can be written off like a bad investment: “We didn’t know Trey Lance would get hurt! We bought high! It’s nobody’s fault!”
And under those circumstances, no one performs any introspection. There is no close look at the gears and levers of decision-making within the 49ers’ structure. Everyone simply washes off the crud and talks about next year.
With Trey Lance gone for the season, the defensive mission takes on a different, more permanent look.
Here's why it’s a mistake the 49ers can’t afford to make.