Why the 49ers season being derailed by Jake Moody is a ‘worst-case scenario’

Oct 17, 2023, 12:42 PM

Jake Moody #4 of the San Francisco 49ers misses a game winning field goal during the fourth quarter...

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: Jake Moody #4 of the San Francisco 49ers misses a game winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 15, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Chris Biderman, of the Sacramento Bee and the Candlestick Chronicles, joined Chris & Co. Tuesday to recap the 49ers’ loss to the Cleveland Browns, how injuries are piling up for San Francisco, the highs and lows of rookie kicker Jake Moody and more.

Last Sunday, Jake Moody was one for three on the day, with the final miss — a 41-yard attempt with nine seconds left on the clock — sealing the victory for the Browns. The kicker was 9-9 to start the season prior to Sunday. Biderman said we’ll learn a lot about Moody’s resolve going forward.

“If he misses another kick like that and the team loses the game on Jake Moody’s right foot, there are going to be a lot of conversation about do they have to go in another direction, do they have to call Robbie Gould who is currently unemployed and a free agent. We don’t know if he’s been kicking or if he’s in shape,” Biderman said. “So if he misses another one, it’s really problematic. If he makes his next one, then you’re like ‘Okay, he missed his first one, hopefully he has a long career. Hopefully, it’s just a learning experience and it’s something he can bounce back from.’ You do not want a season where the 49ers are historically good and arguably as good as they’ve been since 1994 derailed by a kicker you drafted in the third round. That’s probably the worst-case scenario.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • The lack of calls by officials in Sunday’s loss to the Browns
  • What is the best way to explain why Brock Purdy looked bad against the Browns?
  • Why we’ll learn a lot about Purdy and Moody in Monday night’s game
  • How Randy Gregory looked in his 49ers debut
  • Do the 49ers need more offensive line help or defensive line help?
  • How the 49ers should approach Monday night’s matchup with all their injuries

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