UPDATE: Nothing is happening in the NFL. When nothing finally gives way to something, this site will dutifully return to action. Until then, I’m sick of covering lawyer baloney, and am going to take a break. An actual football discussion broke out in the comment section over the weekend, so I’m going to let it ride and cede the floor to our readers, who are going to edify all of us with their astute observations and clever ripostes. Any contributions from yours truly will occur there until the blackout is lifted or the 2011 Draft arrives.
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No QB, no NT, no FA period, no trades, no word on anything, and no Mike Singletary or Alex Smith to kick around equals death by nothing in the blogpits. Heck, this scribe has been MIA for several weeks and no one has noticed, including himself.
Skeebette may have noticed, though. Yesterday, out of the blue, she gave me a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. bumper sticker, sporting the classic STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES phrase. I was unsure whether this was a gag gift or a statement gift. She declined to reveal her motives, attempting to pawn them off as “Oh, it just seemed cute.”
Why would this seem cute, vis a vis, you know, me? Suspecting it was a trap question that would lead to a long discussion of my deficiencies as a husband, full of many STUPID DOES examples, I left the question in my head and gave it no voice.
But it did get me to thinking about Jim Harbaugh. I’ve erected this nice little pedestal for Mr. H this off season, leaping to the assumption that he knows what he’s doing and will quickly transform the 49ers into a fearsome force as soon as the litigation brakes are removed. But maybe he’s just a rookie NFL coach sitting in his dark bedroom about now and wondering why he didn’t stay at Stanford for at least another year?
The team has no viable NT and even if they draft one, that kid will not be good to go when the season starts. The defense could collapse this year. Ricky Francois and perhaps Isaac Sopoagna are the only two guys who can line up at NT now, but neither will be as good as Abrayo Franklin. The team could have a crappy run defense, a crappy pass rush, and a crappy secondary in 2011.
It’s a given that Harbaugh will improve the offense, even without a QB. Some would say the 49ers haven’t had a QB for six years anyway. Who would notice? Still, the scoreboard next year is looking a lot like Other Team: Plenty, Our Team: Not Enough.
The pleasure of having Singletary off the premises is going to dissolve about two games into next season. Fans will suddenly realize that Harbaugh isn’t the Miracle Man and we’re going to stink it up again for the ninth straight year. We’ve got nothing now, but there’s a good chance we’ll have even less than that when the season actually starts.
One thing’s for sure. When the new CBA is finally signed, this team had better make some major FA/trade moves in a hurry. That will be exciting. Unless it’s not. Unless it’s STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.
I gotta get rid of this bumper sticker. It’s hexing me. I’m going to mail it to Judge Nelson. She can put it in her courtroom to warn the litigants.