Al Davis said Tuesday that he likes Jim Harbaugh, but doesn’t think he can succeed with the 49ers. Davis did not elaborate whether this failure would occur because of who Harbaugh is or who he works for.
Just wanted to see if I could write a paragraph about Al Davis without telling a joke or snickering. It was tough. Took me almost an hour. Uncle!
Harbaugh filled a couple more coaching positions yesterday, which have not yet been officially announced. I guess he’s planning to introduce everyone at once, like they do the astronauts in The Right Stuff.
In the meantime, we’ve got your basic dead air. This is normally a time of year that people weigh in about who will be the Niner’s starting QB this coming season. There aren’t any on the roster now, but nobody seems to care. The assumption is whomever Harbaugh throws out there will be okay. Or perhaps it’s just that it’s tough to complain about anyone if no one has yet been signed. And, with the CBA uncertainty, it’s possible no one will be signed for quite some time.
This is also a time of year to rake last year’s team over the coals and discuss who needs to go and who needs to improve. But last year’s team belongs to the Assistant HC/LB coach of the Vikings now. It has no relevance to the mystery team we will see emerge this coming season.
Trent Baalke blamed the offensive line’s problems last year, specifically Anthony Davis’ struggles, on the QBs we trotted out there. They took too long to make decisions and heave the ball somewhere. This also made it impossible to properly evaluate our wide receivers. In one swoop de doo, Baalke tossed not one, but three QBs under the bus. He did not throw Mike Singletary under the bus. Singletary was hired by Jed York, though. Our QBs were hired by Scot McCloughan and/or Mike Nolan. The offensive line that Baalke defended was hired by Baalke in last year’s draft. Hmmmm.
For myself, I’m going to throw Al Davis under the bus. He ruined my post today. Yesterday’s news was all about him. But the man’s kind of old. It’s not nice to poke fun at old guys. Unfortunately, poking fun at Al is, like, you know, what else can you do? He’s up there rambling away for two hours with a bandaid on his forehead, a welt under his right eye, and his skin’s falling off. He’s reminding people he was right about something that happened 30 years ago. He’s hiring a new coach while explaining that he’s right about recognizing that the previous coach he hired was a douchebag and the one before that was a liar and the one before that was a failure even though he whipped Al in the 2002 Super Bowl. He’s bringing up wives and girl friends taking road trips and doing stuff other than focusing on the game to be played. I half expected him to haul out some soiled underwear as evidence.
But Al isn’t ultimately what’s funny. What’s funny is Raider fans who still think he’s a great owner. Actually, what’s funny is the very term “Raider Fan.” This is pretty much like saying “Nutball Society.”
At any rate, it’s Al’s fault that I couldn’t write about him today. Thanks, Al.