The 2019 NFL season is at last upon us.
The 49ers did a good (or lucky) job of negotiating the roster cut down weekend, not losing anybody they wanted. Of course, it helped that nobody else wanted any of the players the team cut.
Which is a sad comment on the quality of the bottom end of the roster. Especially since four of them were in the starting lineup toward the end of last season (S Marcell Harris, LB Elijah Lee, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., and S Antone Exum). And the team brought all four of them back, three to the practice squad and one to the active roster. If any of them are again starters late in the year, we’ll know which direction the season headed: south, dumpster, toilet – take your pick.
This feels a lot like last season. Weak secondary, weak o-line, injury prone players, and everything boiling down to Jimmy Garoppolo and a strong d-line. A d-line with a pass rush, though, which it didn’t have last year.
There’s also a greater sense of urgency this year. Time to get it done on the field and keep alive the notion that our current HC and GM have what it takes to produce a contender. They’ve been given a pass for the first two years, but that won’t be the case this year.
The Tampa Bucs are the first test of the year. If this were a home game, the 49ers would win easily. But it’s an east coast game, where they’ve done quite poorly the past few years. They catch a break with the game scheduled late instead of 10am PDT. But it’s not a good idea to underestimate Tampa’s HC Bruce Arians. This guy knows how to win games.
Most of you have already made your 2019 Season Prognostications, but for those who haven’t (or if you want to change your mind because Garoppolo breaks his leg in practice this week), the deadline for entries is midnight Saturday.