Last call for NFL knuckleheads to crash their careers and wind up in the mug shot room. This time next week, they’ll all be back in the loving arms of coaches and baby sitters, safe from themselves.
If the NFLPA had any brains, it would negotiate a player contract stipulation that would require half of any player’s salary to be placed in a trust that the player couldn’t touch until his 30th birthday. The Second Chance fund. This wouldn’t deter terminal idiots from their self-imposed journey to Chucksville, but at least they would be able to brag in their later years that they had blown TWO fortunes instead of just one.
It’s been four years since the 49ers began the season with 22 starters and ended the year with the same 22, even if a few were on IR by season’s end. Santa Clara has been a turnstile joint since the day it opened.
We can thank Jed York and Trent Baalke for that. They created an atmosphere that nobody wanted to breathe. Players went anywhere but here. That took a turn for the better last year when York tossed a wad of money at Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. Two guys with lots of league credibility.
York had to promise the new team that the leaks and meddling would end, and they did … last year. The fact that the leaks stopped on cue was pretty much proof that York was the leaker all along.
Which underlines the fragility of the entire 49ers’ operation. Can York continue to put a lid on himself, year after year? This coming season and the seasons to come are as much about that as they are about the team. York is like a serial criminal with two strikes on him. One more ego-driven meddling spree will be strike three and bring the franchise to a crashing halt for many, many years.