It was exciting subbing in for New York this past two weeks, but a little exhausting. Thankfully, the Jets have reclaimed the news feed throne by trading for Tim Tebow, bringing it all back home to the Big Apple. We Bay Area Ites can now resume our quiet and thoughtful ways, making the important decisions of life — like what sort of beer to drink tonight.
New Orleans is once again a disaster area, its citizens traumatized over the Bountygate penalties. Next year’s Super Bowl will be played there, and it might not be too soon to wonder if even a Secret Service escort would be enough to protect Roger Goodell should he show up for the festivities. It would be painful irony if the 49ers were in that SB, one year after the win that sent the Saints spiraling into hell.
Last year was the first time the 49ers had gotten to the NFC Title game since 1997. Which was the year that began our own franchise spiraling into hell. In 1998 Eddie DeBartolo went down for the count in — Louisiana. I’m getting all goose-bumpy. Could destiny be calling us back to the mountain top?
It’s getting to be the time of year for Mock Drafts to pop up like dandelions all over the NFL landscape. I used to poke fun at these elaborate guesstimation efforts, but this year I’ve decided to be grateful for them. When you’re picking in the top fifteen, where the 49ers have been shopping for ages, you’d have to be on a journey to the center of the earth to avoid knowing who our likely choice would be. Down there at pick 30, however, you have to know a range of likely picks, depending on what everyone drafting ahead of you does.
This means the draft angst/excitement experience won’t really kick in till about pick 20 or so, and you can begin looking at who’s left in your precious candidate box. Without the mocks, I’d be totally clueless. With them, I can be knowledgeably clueless.
It took a year, but Josh Johnson, Jim Harbaugh’s QB at San Diego State University of San Diego, has finally joined the team, as everyone has expected him to do for some time. He hasn’t particularly distinguished himself in the NFL as a backup in Tampa the past four years, but Alex Smith had not been very impressive either until Harbaugh came along.
With Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien also on the roster, the QB competition during this year’s Training Camp and Preseason games should be the best it’s been in many years. Johnson is very familiar with Harbaugh’s offense, so we will enter the 2012 season with at least one backup QB who has NFL validity, should Smith go down with an injury.
The 49ers have still not signed a veteran RG to replace the departed Adam Snyder. If that is still the case by the time the Draft rolls around, it might indicate they feel last year’s 5th round pick, Daniel Kilgore, is ready for action. None of us Outsiders have a clue how good Kilgore is, because he hardly suited up last year, and only played a handful of snaps. It’s difficult to believe the team is going to throw a rookie draft pick in there, though, so it’s either Kilgore or we have at least one more FA signing yet to occur.
This might not seem like much drama left before the end of April draft, but last year at this time, we were talking about a judge in Minnesota and a bunch of high profile lawyers. Anything is better than that.