The 2012 Offseason is now open for business and the wonderful players on the 2011 49er team are no longer Our Boys, but our chess pawns. Sorry, guys. It’s a cruel business. Unless you’re a star, which we wish you all were, but some of you ain’t.
The 2011 players packed up Tuesday and either went home or flew to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Nineteen of them were in the last year of their contracts and will either be resigned or have their name plates removed from the 4949 Centennial Blvd. locker room.
We’ll get this party off on a cheery note by mentioning that one of these nineteen FAs is named Moran Norris. How many of you think this fellow will be coming back next year? Noooooooooooobody!!!
Matt Maiocco has a complete list of our FAs and the likelihood of their return posted here.
All the Head Coaching vacancies have been filled with He’s No Harbaugh gents, so the 49er staff of coaches will return intact for 2012. This is good news. A year of stability beckons. It beckoned in 2010, too, but the guys with the Beckoners were named Mike Singletary and Jimmy Raye. I will not disturb their remains with any pithy observations, but those two Beckon wielders turned stability into a vice, not a virtue. We expect much better beckonations from Jim Harbaugh and his staff.
Some of you may not be in the mood to slide blissfully into the future just yet, which is understandable. Sunday’s NFC Title game loss was a bitter pill to swallow. A crime against our natures. Someone has to pay for that, right? Justice must be served. Kyle Williams has been an easy choice for blame from fans at large, but the blogopolis is much more discerning. IT’S THE QB’S FAULT!
It’s a simple rule of thumb, whence ever thumbs originate, that every loss is the QB’s fault. Unless your QB has won a Super Bowl. Everything used to be Aaron Rodgers’ fault, but now he can throw passes high, wide, and ugly in a Divisional playoff game and it isn’t his fault that the team loses. All Giants losses were once the fault of Eli Manning. One helmet catch later, he’s acquired lasting immunity from any further Giant defeats. Ditto for Ben Roethlisberger. Tom Brady is an interesting case, in that the Patriots won SBs during his Game Manager era, but have not won any since he became elite.
All recent Super Bowls have been won by elite QBs. But most QBs become elite because they won a SB. So, Mr. Alex Smith, it would behoove you to win a SB. Otherwise, everything will always be your fault. Keep this in mind during next year’s NFC Title game. When you’ve guided the team to a fourth quarter lead, have the punter kick it out of bounds. Eliteness will be yours and teflon will adorn your body forever.