Embarking on Day Three of Coping With Tragedy. Shock, denial, anger, grief, acceptance. Blah, blah, blah. This sucks.
Holy banana peels! How could we not get that ball into the stinking end zone? Then again, why not? We beat ourselves the whole game, it was fitting to beat ourselves at the end, too.
With 15 seconds gone in the second half, the 49ers trailed 28-6. That is flat out embarrassing. How could a team have two whole weeks to prepare for the bigggest game of their lives and come out and flop like that?
The Jim Harbaugh, Greg Roman, Vic Fangio triumverate of excellence took a big credibility hit in the Super Bowl. The team wasn’t ready for this game and neither was the coaching staff.
Since doubt is cirulating through the room, it’s hard not to sprinkle some on Trent Baalke, too. His entire 2012 draft produced almost nothing during the season. LaMichael James looks like a keeper and made some sparkling plays, but first rounder AJ Jenkins managed to go squat for the year. That is hard to do. No one else looks like anything more than maybe decent backup material.
The team has a lot of picks for the 2013 draft, but mostly in the lower rounds. You can’t move up very far in the first or second round with low round picks. We’ll be drafting next to last in every round, meaning we essentially don’t have a first round pick. Meaning we are unlikely to get an immediate impact player from this draft, either.
The 49ers are as good as any team in the NFL, and they’re set to be contenders for a long time.
But they’re not head and shoulders above everyone, as we just painfully witnessed, so getting back to the Super Bowl is no given. In fact, winning the NFC West again next year is no given, either. Because the Seahawks are also set to be contenders for a long time, and look every bit as formidable, if not more so, than the 49ers. Home field advantage for Seattle is practically a free ticket to the SB.
The 49er offense seems to be in good shape. If Baalke can get a speedy WR to replace washed up asshole Randy Moss, the team could be a scoring machine next year.
But, as everyone has noticed, the defense has issues. When Justin Smith got hurt, the whole pro bowl shebang became ordinary to awful. That’s a frightening amount of dependence on one player. During our stay at the top of the draft boards, where the super premium players reside, not once did the 49ers draft a stud D-lineman. They got pass rusher Aldon Smith in 2011, which was great, but no beef boys.
It looks like we’re going to have to hope that somebody will step up next year, like Ray McDonald and Ricky Jean-Francois eventually did, from the likes of Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams, and Will Tukuafu. Because the 2013 draft looks like another one that will be devoted to developmental players. It’s a critical year for Baalke. He’s got to find some hidden talent this year.