Another week closer to the start of the 2016 season. And, for the first time since 2009, there will be a QB competition to provide some drama to the exhibition games.
Shaun Hill got the nod over Alex Smith in 2009, but was rudely dumped at midseason for Smith, then sent packing during the 2010 offseason. In 2010 Mike Singletary played musical chairs with the QB position, to little avail, before he was rudely dumped with one game left in the season.
My. Weren’t those fun years.
Like 2009, none of the contestants for QB this year have convinced anyone that they are starting caliber NFL material, but at least there will be a competition, which might even be interesting or at least entertaining. Beggars’ banquet.
Both of these QBs seem more likely to wind up having lucrative and stress free careers as journeyman backups than top of the line starters. In that regard, Blaine Gabbert seems better suited to accept this kind of humbling outcome. If Colin Kaepernick heads down this road, he seems more likely to throw in the towel and call it a career rather than acknowledge or accept that he just isn’t good enough. IOW, it’s much easier to envision Gabbert knocking around the league than Kaepernick.
One big difference between these two QBs is fan reaction. People feel passionate about Kaepernick, both pro and con. Gabbert doesn’t generate much either way. He exists mainly as a not-Kaepernick alternative.
Another roster competition worth half an ogle involves the wide receiver group. Currently, there are about 12 of them on the team. Only six or so will make the final cut. For those interested in who will represent the Niners this year, the final six will capture your attention. For those drawn more to the painful side of life, the discarded ones will provide your amusement. These boys will be deemed “not good enough.” Harsh. When you’re not good enough for the 2016 49ers, your NFL career enters improbable territory.
At any rate, at least football will soon be returning to our Sundays, giving us all the best excuse in the world to sit on our rears all day doing nothing but staring at the tube and consuming all sorts of legal and non-legal goods.