Only three more weeks before the bill starts coming due on Jed York‘s offseason catastrophe.
Currently, there are four jobs up for grabs as we head into Training Camp: LDE, RCB, RG, and slot CB. The LDE winner will be a guy who isn’t as good as Ray McDonald. The RCB winner will be a guy who isn’t as good as Chris Culliver. The RG guy won’t be as good as Mike Iupati. BUT, the slot CB would almost have to be an improvement on last year’s first round pick Jimmie Ward, who was pretty much torched all year.
The other jobs up for grabs are the entire coaching staff. In two years, none of them will still be here except probably Tom Rathman. Rathman isn’t into politics, doesn’t want to be a HC or coordinator, and allies himself with no one but his running backs, whoever they might be.
In the past four drafts, the 49ers haven’t selected a single impact player. Not one. Chris Borland might have qualified, but he threw in the towel after one season. Maybe there will be an instant stud in the 2015 draft, but I’m not holding my breath. You’d think the Niner GM would be an up for grabs job, too, but right now Trent Baalke is little Jed’s security blanket.
York, of course, is adored by 49er fans who are on the waiting list for brain transplants, but the healthy members of the fan base have written York off as a guy in over his head and more concerned with his own perilous comfort level than he is the welfare of the team. With the Super Bowl coming to Santa Clara at the end of the season, York also wants to be the face of the franchise this year. Which shouldn’t be too difficult now that all the deserving faces have been banished from the building and replaced with NFL discards the league lost interest in many years ago.
So we’re going to see a lot of the little round headed kid’s mug this year. No doubt making one preposterous statement after another. For the brain transplant candidates, enjoy. For the rest of us, time to stock up on barf bags. It’s going to be a long, pitiful year.