Two years ago at this time, Mike Singletary had just fired Mike Martz and was embarked on a highly visible search for the guy who would become his Offensive Coordinator. It was gripping drama. One by one, candidates were interviewed and either discarded or seen scurrying out of town as fast as possible. After a month long torturous ordeal, Jimmy Raye emerged from the barren landscape as the stunning, uh, winner.
Jim Harbaugh is now looking not only for an OC, but also a DC. Yet hardly any drama is involved. There is a sense that these hires are not nearly as significant to the success of the team as was Singletary’s hire. And that Harbaugh will fill these vacancies quickly and competently.
It’s tempting to say that fans know in their hearts whether they should be worried or not. What comes out of fans mouths can be alarmingly disconnected from this heart knowledge, but there was no doubt to even the Singletary supporters — and I was one of them — that hiring Raye was a huge ass meh.
No such qualmfulness nags at the hearts of 49er fans today. Life is quite capable of displaying itself in bitch robes, and any sort of disaster might lurk out there in the future, but for now, for this month, we got this one right.
Happiness is kind of boring, though. Adam and Eve were the first ones to figure this out and look what happened to them. The pursuit of happiness is okay. Anything goes in that one. But once you have it, the first thing you want to do is make it more interesting. More challenging. More fun. Otherwise, a good lobotomy would be high on everyone’s list of what they wanted for Christmas.
Most fans seem to be floating the “who will be our QB” panic balloon currently. I can’t get too sweaty about this one just yet. Anybody we have at that position next year will be better than what we’ve had, simply because they’ll be in charge of a real offense, with some real game plans, and not an offense picked up at a going out of business thrift shop sale. Even if David Carr runs the offense next year, the team will be improved. Harbaugh will find somebody to develop. It’s what he does. I’m setting the QB panic alarm clock for 2012. The year Harbaugh has to “take the next step” past whatever step he takes this year.
This year, I’m worried about our secondary. We need a top flight cornerback more than we need anything else on the team. The only way we can compete next year is to improve our pass defense. It lost more games for us in 2010 than our offense did. Maybe it was a good enough defense if Peyton Manning was our QB, but he wasn’t. And he won’t be this coming year, either. If I see one more year of our CBs playing ten yards off the line of scrimmage on every play and still managing to get beat deep, I will lose my happiness in a heartbeat. I might even be tempted to wonder if Harbaugh knows enough about defense to be a winner in this league.
Obviously, I’m having withdrawal problems from last week’s furious excitement. I may have to enlist a volunteer to, like, call me a retard or something. I’m thinking maybe our Yukon correspondent needs to step it up here. Toss some turds on the fire. Get the flames of controversy kindled. This happy face is starting to hurt my jaw. Maybe the WOTD will be EatMyShorts. That might do it.