We’re half way through the offseason, GM Trent Baalke has left the stage, and from here on out it’s the Chip Kelly show.
That’s fine. We can get our teeth into Kelly. His results will be immediately evident from the first game of the season. GMs are another matter. You can like this year’s draft or dislike it, but the evidence won’t be discernible for three years or so. By the time you discover your GM stinks, it’s way down the road on franchise dysfunction and a long way back from it. As we are seeing so clearly now after Baalke’s five years of mostly failed drafts. The team has gone from the top to the bottom during that time.
Thus far, Kelly is happy about everything. He’s happy about the organization, happy about his relationship with Baalke, happy about the players he inherited, the players that were drafted, and he’s happy about Colin Kaepernick. One thing is clear: either he’s a professional liar or a complete idiot. We’ll have to wait for the first regular season loss to get a look at his unhappy face. It shouldn’t take long.
Up next, we have six weeks or so of mini-camps and OTAs. During this time, we’ll get glowing reports of how fantastic the players are looking — right up until they get cut.
For now, the club has eight CBs and five safeties. That seems a bit more than adequate. Hopefully, the ones that get cut don’t sign with another team and prove to be the ones we should have kept. Unless it doesn’t really matter because none of them should have been signed in the first place.
And we still have Kaepernick, who doesn’t want to be here and wasn’t wanted, either. But Broncos GM John Elway made mince meat out of Baalke and in the end Baalke got nothing but a lot of snickering behind his back, and in some quarters, right to his face.
One thing seems clear from the draft: Chip Kelly will be expected to improve the 49er offense this year almost exclusively with the same cast that failed so miserably last season. Good luck, Chip.