Last call for vanilla. We hope.
Is anybody going to watch this game? Maybe the first quarter or half. The blackout was lifted in San Diego, so the stadium is going to be filled to the brim with invisible patrons. Just like last week’s game at Candlestick.
There’ll be some touching reunions before and after the game, since SD is now home to former 49er DC Greg Manusky and former 49er ILB Takeo Spikes. Head Coach Norv Turner used to work here, too, but we all hate him and hopefully everyone on the team gives him the middle finger.
Norv accomplished the impossible last year in San Diego. His team finished the season ranked first on offense and first on defense and somehow they didn’t even make the playoffs. Now that is some seriously lousy coaching, even by Norv’s standards. The only reason Norv is still running the team is that the Chargers’ GM can’t admit he made a big mistake hiring the guy in the first place, because he can’t admit he shouldn’t have fired the guy who preceded Norv, Marty Schottenheimer.
It’s anybody’s guess which of our commenters will draw a parallel to the 49ers long running marriage to one Alex Smith. In fact, these two blog punching bags are linked to the fateful year of 2007. The year Turner sabotaged Mike Nolan’s coaching career, set the franchise back several years, and left Smith in the hands of What the hell was that idiot’s name as OC, leading to Smith’s career altering shoulder descapulation.
I don’t normally wish ill on anyone, although it’s not THAT unusual when I do, but I will always wish some sort of bad luck on Norv. He was a true horse’s ass, through and through. That Nolan hasn’t personally broken Norv’s knee caps by now does not speak well to Nolan’s agressiveness. Nor did his defenses, but that’s another story.
It appears there is only one or maybe two roster spots up for grabs in tonight’s final preseason game against San Diego. That one or those two spots will undoubtedly be Special Teams wizards, and will be filled by one or two of the following fellows: Dominique Zeigler, Phillip Adams, Colin Jones, Curtis Taylor, Blake Constanzo, Ian Williams, or Lance Long.
Long, Jones, Williams, and Taylor are Practice Squad eligible, and could no doubt be safely stored there. For my money, the guy to keep is Phillip Adams. He’s not 100% recovered from last year’s broken ankle, but if we cut him, he will be claimed. Zeigler’s a tough cut. Ian Williams might not make it through waivers, and it might behoove us to keep him. These big fat fire hydrant guys don’t exactly grow on trees. Well, there’s a lot of big fat fire hydrant guys lumbering along out here in the real world, just not a lot in the football world. There are a lot of tubby guys in the football world, true, but few of them are fire hydrants. I can’t really explain the difference. All fats are not the same. That’s all I’m saying.
Anyway, last call for vanilla, like I said above. Hip hip hooray! One more week till it gets real.