February bids us adieu today and you won’t catch me shedding any tears for this midget month. Condolences to all of you born in this end of the Zodiac squirt. Trust me, it explains everything that’s gone wrong in your life.
It looks like the 49ers will have a new center next year, bringing an end to the three year run of Jonathan Goodwin, who was brought in to replace David Baas in 2011. Goodwin is a FA and Thursday the team extended the contract of two year player Daniel Kilgore to 2017, making him the odds on favorite to be bent over offering his big old butt to Colin Kaepernick next year.
Backup DB Craig Dahl and backup WR Jon Baldwin have taken pay cuts in hopes of staying on the team, and the Niners are currently about $15 million under the salary cap, which is going to be $133 million in 2014.
Baldwin will be battling Quinton Patton and probably a 2014 draft pick or two for the precious job of 3rd WR, charged with running decoy routes five or six times each game, and occasionally being conked in the head by an actual pass inadvertently whistled his way. This is Baldwin’s fourth year in the league and he’s done pretty much nothing so far, despite superior size and speed. That means either his heart or his brain are not NFL ready and there’s probably not much that can be done to correct these insufficiencies.
Offensive continuity was once a burning issue in Ninerville, but no more. This will be the fourth straight year the 49ers will be running the same offensive system. From 2005 to 2011, they ran a different one each year and never had a winning season. Unfortunately, the current system seems top heavy with running plays and a bit thin on the passing side of the playbook. It’s author is a matter of some debate, too. Is it Jim Harbaugh’s system or Greg Roman’s. Maybe it’s not even a system, but a set of Lego toys.
It was speculated this past week that the Seahawks would be cutting DE Red Bryant. This is probably welcome news to RG Alex Boone and RT Anthony Davis, the 49er fellows who have to move old Red out of the way on running plays. Red only gets a sack if an opposing QB falls down in front of him just short of the LOS, but he’s a brick wall against the run, a type of play the 49ers like to engage in fairly frequently.