Third exhibition game coming up Saturday against the Broncos, and probably the only real glimpse we’ll get at what kind of team we have before the action begins for real. Not that we don’t already know what kind of team we have — a bottom feeder. But it’s always nicer to be more specific about what exactly makes us stink.
The only specific we know right now is the offensive line will be stinky poo poo this season. Which means all year long we’ll hear about how bad the play calling is. Unless that was just last year’s rant and a new simpleton chant will spring up this year. Signing LG Evan Mathis would have helped this bunch, but he signed with the Broncos instead, saying “The No. 1 priority in finding a new place to play was playing for a contender.” Clearly, the 49ers are no longer that type of destination.
It’s hard to keep up with who’s on the team and who’s leaving these days. A lot of new faces to get familiar with. NT Mike Purcell isn’t new, just plowing onto the scene after two years on the Practice Squad. His emergence puts Tony Jerod-Eddie‘s tenure here in jeopardy. And Jarryd Hayne‘s sensational preseason is threatening Kendall Hunter‘s roster spot.
The coaches can’t seem to decide who starts at RCB, RG, and Center. As the saying goes, when you’ve got two or more guys that could be the starter, you’ve got nobody who’s the starter. You’ve got backups. The team will start the season with backup quality players at those three spots, plus RT, where journeyman Erik Pears is the starter by default after Anthony Davis retired. That’s a lot of lesser talent at positions that have been talently filled the past few years.
The exhibition season had a certain excitement in previous years, gearing up for another SB run. But this year’s team is going nowhere except into the toilet, which makes the preseason pretty much a tedious bore leading to sixteen games that will make you want to switch the channel and watch something else. Definitely not an adrenaline generator.