The Free Agency period seems to have run its course, leaving us with six weeks of mock drafts to grind through. Whizzo.
There are still a few big names out there looking for work. Jay Cutler, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Paterson. And some small names. Colin Kaepernick and 100 other guys closer to being out of the league than signing on with a new team. It will be mildly interesting to see where these entities end up playing next year — if they play at all.
For the moment, it looks like Brian Hoyer will be the QB for the 2017 season, backed up by Matt Barkley. Obviously not a long term solution. We’ll find out during the Draft whether Kyle Shanahan is content to wait for Kirk Cousins to arrive next year or whether Shanahan plans to draft a QB of the future and forget about Cousins.
It appears the 49ers will not be the biggest joke in the NFL this year. The Jets, Browns, and maybe Washington will be slapping it out for that dubious distinction.
What the Niners will be is still mostly a mystery. When Jim Harbaugh took over the team in 2011, we knew all the players and felt the only thing holding them back was a good head coach. Nobody expected them to go 13-3 and come within a late game Kyle Williams melt down of reaching the Super Bowl, but the playoffs were definitely in sight.
This team is different. Half the roster is basically a mystery except to Shanahan and GM John Lynch. In addition, unlike Harbaugh, Shanahan has never been a head coach. We don’t know if he’ll make a successful leap from OC to HC. And we don’t have any idea what a successful year for these unknowns would be. 4-12? 6-10? 8-8? Many of us don’t even know if we’ll give a shit one way or the other. Can a poisoned fan base be revived?
All of which makes this season the biggest head scratcher of the bloggin’ man era.