The 49ers travel to Philadelphia this weekend for what will probably be a systematic and thorough disembowelment. The Eagles have the best record in the NFC and unless they fall apart down the stretch in a typical Philly meltdown, they might end up with the top seed in the playoffs. The Niners are on the opposite end of the spectrum, vying for the top pick in next year’s Draft.
HC Kyle Shanahan appears to be focusing not so much on wins as player evaluation these days. Just how many guys on the roster are worth keeping around for 2018.
If he’s smart, or intends to have a long and successful career as a HC, the first order of business will be to rid the locker room of the kneeling crowd, beginning with Eric Reid. Reid and his moron followers are being enabled and encouraged by the Niners’ moron owner Jed York. This dimwit has no idea that he’s meddling in the coach’s business, but he is. Until Shanahan regains, or just finally acquires, control of the locker room and establishes some firm discipline, the team will never win anything.
Shanahan appears to be taking steps in that direction by benching Reid in favor of Jacquiski Tartt. His explanation that Reid has more value as a hybrid safety/linebacker in passing situations seems intended to fool Reid and York. But it will make Reid expendable at the end of the year because his presence on the field is weakening the defense against the running game, as Ezekiel Elliott demonstrated last Sunday. It will be no surprise, either, that Reid will have trouble finding employment next offseason, just like the moron who started the dance of the morons discovered last offseason.
It’s entirely possible that somewhere down the line the huffy morons will finally realize that the only thing they are accomplishing is a reduction in the amount of money available to pay the players as ad revenue and viewership decline. Hence, the “moron” appellation.
Of course, bringing in some better players would help a bit, too. But that’s GM John Lynch‘s territory and his 2018 Draft had best be a good one.