Welcome to the San Francisco 49ers’ 2012 Offseason! There’s nothing happening.
But at least the pretenders are finally off the stage. Nice game Sunday, but the best game of the postseason was Saints vs Niners. Either one of those two teams could have whipped the overrated Patriots. Green Bay could have whipped them, too.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have not won a Super Bowl since Adam Vinatieri left the team and the league took away Belichick’s hidden camera. He hasn’t out-coached anyone since and Brady has not out-performed anyone since. Seven years and counting.
The coming days will be NFL Hyperbole Week, where everyone connected with the 9-7 Giants will be proclaimed the greatest this or greatest that. Riiiiight. Rex Ryan will be suffering big time in New York.
Out here in blue collar Ninerland, however, it’s a perfect time to indulge your inner anality and set your 2012 offseason calendar:
Feb. 20: Teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to players. [Dashon Goldson, you ain’t going anywhere.]
Feb. 22-28: NFL Combine (live coverage on NFL Network and NFL.com). [40 yard dash times, psychological evals, coaches pressing the flesh and begging for jobs, and a whole lot of yawn.]
March 5: Deadline for teams to apply franchise and transition tags. [Final inkling to marginal young players that they are not in the plans.]
March 13: Free agency begins at 4pm EST. [One week of big name overpayments to wow the fans, followed by reasonable signings by smart GMs to upgrade their teams. Trent Baalke time.]
March 25-28: NFL owners meetings (in Palm Beach, FL). [Barely a ripple.]
Late April: 2012 NFL schedule is announced. [Hysteria, handwringing, conspiracy theories, pompous predictions – we’re getting warm now, guys!]
April 26: First round of 2012 NFL Draft. [Not as exciting as the past 8 years, but this is good. Long wait till the end of the day and pick number 30 is on the clock.]
April 27: Second and third rounds of 2012 NFL Draft. [Good players are going fast.]
April 28: Rounds 4-7 of 2012 NFL Draft. [Looking for one or two good men.]
Late July: Training camps across the league begin. [Vroom, vroom!]
Early August: 2012 preseason begins. [Michael Crabtree’s 4th annual excuse to sit this thing out.]
Sept. 6: 2012 NFL regular season begins at stadium of Super Bowl champion. [Should have been in SF, but Yeah! here we go again!]