49er spring practices are over and there’s six weeks left until Training Camp opens and puts an end to this disastrous 2015 offseason. Still plenty of time left for more disasters, though, so stay tuned.
It will be interesting to see what happens in Philadelphia this year. Both Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly were highly touted college coaches when they came into the NFL. Each has enjoyed success, Harbaugh more so than Kelly, and after a couple years in the league, each crossed swords with their GM. San Francisco eventually canned the coach and kept the GM. The Eagles have done the opposite — keeping the coach and marginalizing the GM. Which franchise made the best choice? We’ll see this year.
The 49ers have moved Alex Boone from RG to LG, to better facilitate him sliding over into LT Joe Staley’s spot, should Staley get injured. Marcus Martin, drafted last year as a center, is currently playing RG. Erik Pears, the worst guard in the league last year, is playing out at RT. Not exactly Murderers Row.
It could also be that moving Boone to left guard better protects Colin Kaepernick‘s blind side. Which is good, since his attention is likely to be quite often focused on the right side leakage.
The team did make it through the practices without any injuries, which is already an improvement on last year. Let’s face it, good health for us and bad health for everybody else in the division is about the only way this team can be competitive this year.
Looking at the draft and the barely warm bodies Trent Baalke has dragged in this year, it’s hard not to draw one of two conclusions: either Baalke is an idiot, or he’s thrown in the towel for this year, despite his “retooling” blather from early in the offseason. It’s possible, I suppose, that he’s both. But, giving him the benefit of the doubt for the moment, it looks like he’s pointing towards the next two years as a complete roster rebuild.
Rebuilding the team’s championship mentality and confidence is a whole other chore. For that, we’ll need a good HC. And getting one to come here might prove more difficult than rebuilding the roster. The 49er FO would need to rebuild its shattered reputation, and that is not going to be easy.