Glad that’s over with. 49er fans have been correct: the football season ended two weeks ago, when the two best teams in the NFL went 15 rounds in Seattle. This game was a true mismatched clunker. Before the game, Joe Montana said there was nothing about the Denver defense that scared him at all. No shit. Seattle didn’t even need its bread and butter running game in this one, as Marshawn Lynch had only 39 yards on 15 carries.
The only bright spot from the Super Bowl is putting an end to two years worth of annoying “Have we signed Peyton Manning yet?” rants. I can’t imagine these words could ever be written again. The only reason Manning reached this game was he got to play against two other fading regular season wonder QBs, Phillip Rivers and Tom Brady.
If the Broncos are the best the AFC has to offer, that is one sorry ass conference. IIRC, this is the first SB blowout of the 21st Century. And if Denver is any indication, there’s going to be a few more on the way. The Broncos specialize in SB butt kickings. This is their fourth one. Once by the Giants (’86), once by Washington (’87), another by the 49ers (’89), and now this debacle.
Moving right along, February is as close as it comes to the NFL being Closed For Business. It does remain open for press conferences by teams admitting they are aware of the recent arrest of one of their players and have no comment while the legal process is ongoing. Other than that, it’s all Free Agent gossip time, while the pre-draft hype machine gathers a head of steam.
The 49ers are facing some crucial roster decisions for this year and next. Below is a list of current and next year Free Agents. How GM Trent Baalke handles this transition period will be crucial to whether the team remains an elite commodity or gets to spend the next few years getting Denvered by Seattle.
49ers 2014 Free Agents
Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
Michael Wilhoite (ERFA)
49ers 2015 Free Agents
Garrett Celek (RFA)
Tony Jerod-Eddie (ERFA)
Brandon Carswell (ERFA)