For the third consecutive year, the 49ers will travel to Chicago late in the season for a game against the Bears. The Third Annual Loser Litmus Test Game.
Three years ago, then HC Jim Tomsula was handed a fluke OT victory over Chicago that gave the team a 4-8 record and led him to prance around for a week like a guy who’d just signed a five year contract extension. The delusional joy was short-lived, however. The following weekend, Jed York brought his family to Cleveland to witness the turned-the-corner Niners trash the Browns, only to absorb Johnny Manziel‘s drubbing of the same-old Niners. Unde exitus Tomsula.
Last year, the Bears joined the rest of the league not named the Rams and whooped up on the Niners, adding to their eventual 13 game losing streak. And unde exitus Chip Kelly.
This year will be the rubber match, featuring the Bears’ rookie QB Mitch Trubisky against the 49ers’ newly acquired QB Jimmy Garoppolo. However, this year, win or lose, there will be no exiting undies for current HC Kyle Shanahan.
Nope. We have been assured by York that Shanahan is the really real deal, unlike Tomsula who was the real deal until Kelly came along a year later and became the realer deal who would be here many years and now a year later we have Shanahan who is the realest real deal of all.
At the end of next year, the Niners will have finally paid off Tomsula’s contract. Kelly will still have a year to go on his. But Shanahan, as if to pound home the point of how undeniably real he is, will still have four more years on his contract.
As for Chicago HC John Fox, he’s simply toast. Gone baby gone. No real left in his undies.
A final cheery thought: York will probably someday reach the age of 60 or 70 and become an elder statesman in the NFL. Nobody here wants to live long enough to see that ugliness. So keep it in mind when the day of your croaking has arrived. Embrace the exitus with a smile of relief.