The 49ers leapt into the new year by firing their D-line coach, their Trainer, and their Strength & Conditioning fellow. The first pink slip is a bit puzzling since the D-line was one of the few areas of competence last year. The other two are scapegoats for the amount of injuries that have beset the team the past two years.
Since that roaring beginning, the QB coach has gone to Denver and Denver’s DC has come here. Net gain: who knows.
Nobody much has blamed Kyle Shanahan himself for producing only six victories and following that up with only four last year. Is the honeymoon going to end this year?
Probably not. Jed York pushed all his marbles into the pot when he hired Shanahan. He’ll undoubtedly give him at least four years before any consideration of pulling the plug. By that time, he’ll have paid off both Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly, so he’d only have to eat the final two years of Shanahan’s deal. Par for the course in the NFL.
Still, how many victories would it take this season to keep Shanahan’s seat from turning hot this time next year. Eight at a minimum?
In the meantime, rumors are floating around in the NFL cesspool that the Niners should make a play for Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham. There’s no doubt either of these talented WRs would help the talent-starved 49ers, but that’s the sort of move a team makes when they are one or two pieces away from being a serious contender. Or when they need to hornswoggle the fan base into thinking good thoughts and buying tickets.
Both guys are considered me-first “divas.” That would normally be enough to hit the reject button with a resounding “phlbbtt!” But it’s been quite some time since the Niners had anybody good enough to even think about being a diva, so maybe having one now would be tolerable.