San Francisco 49ers: Top 5 Takeaways from Week 1 loss vs. Vikings

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No. 4: The offensive line is in shambles

The 49ers offensive line was going to have issues in 2018. However, against the Minnesota Vikings they were completely obliterated. It’s not really shocking, since the Vikings defensive line is one of, if not the best, in the league. From a talent standpoint, they’re just better on all levels.

Jimmy Garoppolo spent the majority of the game with pressure in his face. It’s a little surprising he didn’t fumble the ball in this game.

It’s not just the fact that the offensive line is bad, but that so many of them suffered injuries. Rookie offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey had to move over to right guard because both Mike Person and Joshua Garnett left the game with foot injuries. McGlinchey had never played guard before, so it was impressive to see him make that impromptu adjustment.

So, to clear it up, the 49ers had an inexperienced rookie bump inside to right guard and have his backup fill in at right tackle.

Injuries and poor play have this offensive line in shambles. Garnett’s injury appeared the worse to me. It was a non-contact injury with his foot, so we’re possibly looking at an Achilles tear since he had to be carted off. It’s never good news when a player gets carted off the field. The 49ers could likely look to re-sign guard Jonathan Cooper, who was among 53-man post-preseason cuts, now that they’re lacking in depth.

There needs to be a solution or even a mild improvement to this offensive line. If not, Garoppolo is not going to last to season’s end.

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  1. I don’t know what happened to Pierre Garcon but this is the worst I’ve ever seen him play. He looked as if he intentionally threw the ball down with one of his drops. I was not a fan of him today n if this keeps up we will find someone who can catch the ball that wants a job

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