Jed York checked his mouth into rehab after the owners’ meetings last week, so there has been some quiet time these days. Pity. What will we do for amusement?
Poor young Jed. A year ago, he was the toast of the town. Now he’s just toast. Possibly the most reviled owner in the NFL.
When the blogs came into being, back in late 2007 and early 2008, the 49ers were a bad team. But there was a hope they would get better, which left room to be optimistic about the future.
Now the owner sucks, the FO sucks, and the coaches suck. Hard to overcome that much suckitude. The Niners are a good team probably heading downward and there is very little to be optimistic about. Some are focusing on the upcoming draft, but there is slight chance it will have much of an impact on the coming season.
Draft picks rarely enjoy immediate success. Especially picks outside the top five or ten. The Niners are drafting fifteenth. That’s the spot Bill Walsh traded up to when he selected Jerry Rice in 1985. Even Rice had an up and down first year. And he had Joe Montana as his QB.
The drafts that should be helping this year are the ones in 2013 and 2014. So far, only FS Eric Reid has been a steady contributor from the 2013 draft. Quinton Dial, Quinton Patton, Tank Carradine, and Vance McDonald need to step in and be solid performers this year, or the 2013 draft will be pretty much a bust. And that following on the heels of the complete 2012 bust.
2014 seems to be a far better draft than 2013. Five if the twelve picks spent the year on IR and only the one-and-done Chris Borland stood out as a star, but Aaron Lynch, Jimmy Ward, Marcus Martin, Carols Hyde and Bruce Ellington made solid, if not spectacular, contributions. This is the draft that is critical for the coming year.
But the most need for improvement comes from the 2011 draft — QB Colin Kaepernick. As mentioned in a recent 49erwebzone article, he is the one player who could make the team transcend itself and overcome the mediocre coaching staff. Without OC Greg Roman around to take the blame for Colin’s poor performances, though, Kaepernick will be alone in the spotlight.