Normally, with your team out of the playoff race, it would be a good time to look at some of the rookies and backups. Unfortunately, those are the guys who have already been playing for the 49ers lately.
It seems prudent to maybe take a look at backup QB Blaine Gabbert in these final two games. If for no other reason than to see if he’s worth keeping around next year as the backup. And let’s face it; he could hardly play a whole lot worse than Colin Kaepernick has played. And there’s no sense exposing him to needless injury, either.
But that won’t happen. If Gabbert played well, it would make Jim Harbaugh look bad for not sticking him in there when it still counted. And if he played like crap, it would make Trent Baalke look bad for bringing him here in the first place.
It’s been four years since we last had to watch a meaningless game. Maybe the players don’t want to finish dead last in the NFC West, but I can’t say that gives me a lot of juice. The last time we had to scrounge for these kind of small triumphs was 2009, when the team went 8-8 and most of us thought they were on their way up, only to crash and burn in 2010.
While the team plays out its hand, the rest of us will be wondering what sort of clown show spin the inept 49er management team will conduct in January. They’ve proven to be quite good at getting money and saving money, but it’s hard to come up with comparable franchise bungling as we’ve seen from them this year. Does anybody remember any other franchise rewarding a tremendously successful head coach by trying to run him out of town? And that campaign went on well before this season even started.
The team is two Kaepernick failed passes to Michael Crabtree away from holding up two more Lombardi trophies. So, let’s fire the coach! He failed to teach Kaepernick how to throw the ball a foot higher and/or a foot further, or to try looking around to see if someone else might be open. And the coach is abrasive. Goodness. Get him out of here!
Maybe Baalke will get lucky and hire a good coach, but I can’t say I’m optimistic. The new coach won’t have DC Vic Fangio around, so he’ll need to hire a damn good DC, too. Fangio should get Coach of the Year for the job he’s done in 2014. With all the injuries and the suspension to Aldon Smith, Fangio has still managed to cobble together a unit that’s currently ranked number three in the NFL. That’s one hellava job.