Six games into the season and nine teams are spinning their wheels at 3-3. That’s good enough for first place in the NFC East now and maybe even all season long. Two teams are a perfect 6-0, Denver and Kansas City, and three teams have yet to win so much as a single game — the Giants, Jaguars, and Buccaneers.
The 49ers have some new faces at practice today — Quinton Dial, Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine, and Eric Wright. None of these guys is likely to see action until after the BYE week, so we’ll have two weeks to decide which four guys currently on the team will get their walking papers to make room. My own early candidates for dismissal are Marlon Moore, Nnamdi Asomugha, Bubba Ventrone, and LB Jermaine Cunningham
We’ll also probably see Aldon Smith return to the team in the next week or two, but it’s anybody’s guess what happens with him at this point or even whether he’s in game ready shape. A month of peeling potatoes, weeping, sharing, looking at terrifying videos of what alcohol is doing to his innards — he might not have stayed in pass rush condition.
Before the season began, Arizona HC Bruce Arians pooh-poohed the supposed superiority of the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West. The NFL was thoughtful enough to cram both of these teams down his throat in a back-to-back Sunday/Thursday combo this week. The Cardinals were shoved off the field in an 18 play pounding in the fourth quarter against the 49ers Sunday, and now have to mend body and soul by Thursday night to take another physical whipping from Seattle. There won’t be much left of Arians’ team by Friday morning.
The NFL Trade deadline is Tuesday, October 29, which occurs during the 49ers BYE week. There’s been speculation that RB LaMichael James might get dealt before then. The team denies LMJ is on the block and says it has great plans for him. When these plans will be implemented is left unsaid. As we’ve learned in the past, what the team says has nothing whatsoever to do with fact or reality. It’s clear from recent games that the 49ers have gone back to their straight ahead power running game, ditching the read-option/pistol, which was more suited to LMJ getting some face time.
For those keeping track of the “Who Got The Better Of Us?” department: AJ Jenkins: 1 catch for 6 yards; Jon Baldwin: 3 catches for 28 yards. This is turning into a rout. So is the other part of the KC/49ers deal, as the Chiefs are two wins away from bumping our draft haul up a notch to a second rounder in 2014. Interestingly, Alex Smith has now started nine straight games without getting beat. Can anyone stop this victory machine?