It’s probably safe to say that all our draft picks this year will make the team. They might even BE the team, if the current rate of defections continues.
The 49ers finally had a good day on Wednesday. Nothing happened. Thursday, they will attempt to run that streak to two.
The previous sentence was a rehearsal for this year’s commentary. “The Niners are on a one game roll, folks. It’s been a year since they won two in a row. Can they pull it off this Sunday?”
Don’t imagine the league will schedule very many prime time games for our boys in 2015. Maybe one, to display the grisly spectacle of the fallen franchise. Hopefully not the away game in Seattle. That game might be too earth scorching even for hardened TV viewers.
The 49ers have been the favorite in almost every game played the past three years, but 2015 will be different. This year they will get to play the plucky underdog more often than not. Winning will go from an expectation to a surprise. Criticism will go from “we missed a play in the third quarter” to “we made three plays in the second half!”
In Jim Tomsula, we have the perfect coach for this transitional/permanent type of team. The likable goof ball who careens around on the sidelines patting butts and gushing about silver linings. If John Madden were still in the broadcast booth, he’d have the telestrator following Tomsula as he makes his rounds from position group to position group. There would even be a “Boom!” as he bowled over a clipboard guy who got in the way.
While the world rushes to pour accolades on Chris Borland for having the “courage” to renege on a contract he signed, the 49ers’ FO is probably tempted to sue him for fraud. He took their money while intentionally hiding the fact he had no intention of honoring his commitment. The Niners won’t do that, though, because a mob of howling hand wringers would descend on the building at a time when the last thing the Niners need is another PR disaster.
Borland should return three-quarters of his $500,000+ signing bonus, and the money-grubbing Jed York will no doubt ask him to. We’ll see at that point just how much courage Borland has to do the right thing.
Third round draft picks are a fairly precious asset in the NFL, but Borland had no qualms about the Niners wasting one on him. His only apparent goal was to put in one year, risking his precious brain’s security, so he could brag the rest of his life that he was good enough to play in the NFL.
Sorry, Chris, no medals for courage from this site.