Less than a three weeks until Training Camp opens and we begin to sort out this mess of newbies wearing the Red and Gold.
But I’m more enthused about the return of football in general than the Niners in particular. Our boys are more of a curiosity piece this year than anything else.
Arizona and Seattle are the stable entities of the NFC West. They’ll no doubt duke it out for supremacy this year. Again. The Rams and 49ers both have bright young new offensive minded head coaches for two teams that have had crappy offenses for quite some time. Nobody knows how these two teams will fare this year. The Rams will have Wade Phillips as their DC, which might be enough to give them the edge in the battle of the bottom feeders.
The NFC West is no longer the best division in the NFC, though. That distinction might go to the NFC South, or even the East. Here are some other NFC story lines for the coming year:
- It will be fun watching how far Dallas falls off from last year’s great season/belly flop in the playoffs. It’s twenty-four years and counting since Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson and became his own GM. And he hasn’t remotely sniffed a Super Bowl since.
- Can Atlanta overcome a gigantic Super Bowl hangover and the loss of Kyle Shanahan, or fade back into the pack like Carolina did last year?
- Will Tampa Bay actually win the NFC South?
- Will Washington fall apart after the ugly ouster of GM Scot McCloughan?
- Will Blaine Gabbert replace an injured Carson Palmer and lead the Cardinals to the playoffs?
- Will the media continue to pimp for Colin Kaepernick while he relentless kicks dirt on America at every opportunity?
- Can Green Bay ever get over the hump again?
And, for me at least, there’s another whole season of nasty emails from Chuck to look forward to. The gift that keeps on giving.