The 49er rookies got their first taste of life in the NFL last week, going through the rookie mini-camp. Most of them swaggered into the league full of themselves and the wonderfulness of their very presence on the planet. In five years, most of them will be out of the league, shocked by their uselessness, and trying to forge a living while competing with nerds who are smarter and much better equipped to hike the long trail of life.
Gruesome. Ha ha ha ha. The rise and fall of muscle bound boys.
A few, however, will have things called NFL “careers.” Perhaps the Niners have managed to grab some of these gents. It’s been a generally failed endeavor the past few years.
So failed, in fact, that writers and pundits around the country have installed the Niners as one of the favorites to be the worst team in the league next year. That seems harsh. It’s true they’ve lost their second best offensive lineman, their top wide receiver, and their two best run stopping defensive linemen, but these fellows have all been replaced with, uh, some guys. Hey, last year the Niners had only four fellows trying to win the CB spot opposite Tramaine Brock, but this year they’ll have seven contenders!
The best thing going for the Niners right now is Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Nobody in the Bay Area is paying any attention to anything else. If the Warriors ring up another NBA title in the next few weeks, it’ll be August before anyone resumes noticing the 49ers are a franchise that’s all in the past, with nothing but sand and cactus stretching out across the future.