One last practice game Thursday night before the Santa Clara Titanic sets off on its 2016 cruise. It might also be the last game of Colin Kaepernick‘s NFL career.
The game against San Diego will be played mainly by members of the class of 704 guys who will find themselves unemployed by next Tuesday evening. Of that group, 320 will be re-signed to practice squads, thus keeping their faint NFL hopes alive. The remaining 384 guys will go home and hope the phone rings sometime during the course of the season as desperate teams try to replace injured players.
At this point, even Kaepernick’s most ardent supporters are probably hoping he is one of the 384 sitting at home soon. In this regard, Colin joins Jed York and Trent Baalke on the list of guys who have worn out their welcome with the 49ers. Let’s hope that list is pared to one by the end of the season.
In the meantime, we have sixteen games to look forward to losing, possibly sprinkled with an occasional “Shit, we won one!” Sunday afternoon.
Some people think this year’s team will be better than last year’s because the coaching staff is better. But the only part of the team that seems improved this year is the offensive line. And as we saw with Dallas last year, even a great offensive line can’t propel a team to victory all by itself.
The defensive line is noticeably weaker than last year. The team lost its nose tackle to IR, has a rookie DE at one spot who hasn’t impressed anybody yet, and the other DE is a second year player with a bum shoulder. There isn’t anybody behind this group that has done anything but look decent in preseason games.
The secondary remains good, but not great. The ILBs still can’t cover TEs or RBs in the passing game, and our best pass rusher is sitting out the first four games on a suspension.
The offense lost its only reliable receiver, Anquan Boldin, and has replaced him with a whole lot of nothing.
In addition, the schedule looks daunting. Although that part of the equation can change in a Minnesota hurry.
So, will this team be better than last year? We shall soon find out.