The 49ers have entered the Patriots Zone, blogospherically speaking. Contending team, no raging controversies, more or less patiently waiting for another season of excellence to eventually come along. I visited some of their blog sites recently and one had ten or so articles with a grand total of two comments. Another had similar disinterest, except for an article about Tom Brady’s new contract extension, which had 81 comments, half extoling their wonderful fellow and the other half saying he’s finished as a big time QB, or has himself entered the Manning Zone — easy run to the playoffs, then splat.
Our own Raging Controversy will be leaving town in a couple of weeks, marking an end to the 49er career of Alex Smith — one of the most decent and honorable guys ever to wear the Red n Gold uniform. He’ll still be wearing a red uniform next year, but it will belong to the Kansas City Chiefs. In exchange, the 49ers received the top pick in the second round this year and a two or three next year.
It’s hard to get all goo-goo, let alone gah-gah, three mere weeks after losing the Super Bowl, but Trent Baalke is doing his best to squeeze at least a gee out of us. He now has around 15 picks in the upcoming draft, five in the first three rounds, probably six after the supplemental picks are announced.
That would be a great number if the team was in a rebuilding year, like 2005, but it’s not. There’s only two or three spots open in the starting lineup, depending on what happens with some of the 49er free agents. It’s probably safe to say the eight man practice squad will see some upheaval and the various backup players on the team could be out of a job soon, but all these picks practically scream AMMUNITION. Either for a player trade or moving up in the first round on draft day.
All in all, excellent work by the 49er GM, who’s doing a better job of GMing than even our own blog junior GMs would have dared to attempt. An amazing achievement.