Raiding the Gold Rush

By Chris Flagler

Twitter: @TheKai27

It’s no secret that the San Francisco 49ers are in a dire position this football season.

Blaine Gabbert looks to be the starter for a second consecutive week, the starter of a team that looks nothing like it did a year ago. Oh how the mighty have fallen. With the press already strewn with comments of “Game Manager” and “Unsensational” in regards to Gabbert, fans are starting to look over the bridge for their football pride.

On the other side of the bay, the sun is shining brighter than ever on QB Derek Carr. He along with ex-49ers Michael Crabtree and Aldon Smith, rookie sensation Amari Cooper,  and future-star running back Latavius Murray are keeping at least one of the areas teams successful.

Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Derek Carr has been comparable to Aaron Rodgers on the stat sheet this season, and the promise of a revitalized Raiders squad has finally paid off. Both Raiders and 49ers fans are not unfamiliar with successive losing seasons, as both teams were struggling for most of the first decade of the new millennium. To be back so soon to the dog days of “3rd and 20? … hit ‘em with the half-back draw” a la 2008, is a pill no one wants to swallow. Alex Smith 2.0 has been uploaded and no one is happy.

So who’s to blame? Many say young owner Jed York needs to resign. Many feel like York has stripped the team surgically of any and all hope that it once had, starting with Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s firing came as a shock to everyone who has been watching the 49ers these past few years. Apparently two playoff appearances and a Super Bowl isn’t enough. In his place, head coach Jim Tomsula is wowing nobody, as the Gold Rush is enjoying another losing season.

Jim Tomsula - Getty Images

Jim Tomsula – Getty Images

Raiding not only the 49ers dissatisfied talent, but also its former mojo, the Oakland Raiders are making a strong push towards the dog days of the season.