Less than two weeks, fellow disgruntlements! And a
99.9100% chance that as of 4:00pm ET Monday, Kirk Cousins will become became a 2018 Free Agent.
And in the meantime …
The Vegas odds makers and national media wonks all think the 49ers belong in the NFL basement section, along with the Browns, Jets, and Jaguars. Loser Central.
Not coincidentally, all four of these teams lack what you would call a QB with reputable skills or potential reputability. The Niners have Brian Hoyer, who is charitably called “a bridge” QB and not so charitably as a proven nobody with a victory ceiling of about seven or eight games, and a low bar of as low as you can limbo rock. The only person on the planet who thinks Hoyer can someday be a franchise QB is his mother — maybe.
Kyle Shanahan‘s offense in Atlanta was terrific last year, but the previous two years (one with the Browns), his lads roared out of the gate then splatted badly. The 2015 Falcons began the year 6-1, then lost six straight and finished the year 8-8, even getting shut out in one of the losses.
And that was with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Two excellent offensive players the likes of which the 49ers have zilch.
Maybe the defense can carry the team? There’s certainly some intriguing new guys and a likelihood of vast improvement over last year’s historically awful squad. But still. This is a team game and teams take time to locate the elusive “same page” that epitomizes great teams.
All in all, it will again be difficult for the Niners to escape the NFC West basement. But at least there will be some new young players to watch this year, who will begin to stir some excitement and hope back into this franchise.