The 49ers are as quiet this week as they were noisy last week. Apparently, they are waiting for the shoes to drop and the dominoes to fall over at Stanford before Jim Harbaugh fills out the vacancies on his coaching staff.
Eight NFL franchises are still talking about the 2010 season, but everyone else has moved along to Mock Draft 2011. The college season ended Monday, but between now and April the value of a lot of its players will be moving up and down these mock boards like they were still out there playing games. It’s quite a phenomenon.
Serious drafnik fellows seem to love this time of year almost more than the actual football season. Some of them [hint: all Outsider readers] actually know what they are talking about, but most afficionados will just be parroting info picked from any one of the thousands of internet sites devoted to condensing a player into a one paragraph list of good points and bad points. Stuff like hip movement, leverage, initial burst, arm length, etc. will come pouring out of these plagiarist lips like they were speaking familiar English straight out of their own brain skulls.
My own method of dealing with this period is to listen and learn and wait till April before getting pumped up about it. So if any of you Outsiders want to regale us with draft info, feel free. You’ll get no smart ass remarks from me. Have at it.
Unless the Carolina Panthers repeat their dismal 2010 season next year, they will spend the next decade paying for their bad Luck. Some teams get the first choice when Peyton Manning is available, some when Alex Smith is available, and some when nobody is available. Houston had this fate a few years back, opting to pick Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. It was a good decision, but as good as Williams is and will be, he hasn’t turned that Texans defense into a powerhouse. In fact, they stink on that side of the ball and it’s keeping them from being a playoff team.
Meanwhile, there’s four games this weekend and I have little idea who I’m rooting against. I’d like to see the Steelers lose, so they don’t have a chance to stretch their SB victory lead on us. I’d like to see the Patriots lose because I love seeing Brady and Belichick die in public. I guess I’d like to see the Packers lose, too. Just because. But I’m a little stumped over the Seahawks and Bears. Part of me wants the Seahawks to get to the title game and piss off the NFL East. But part of me wants Pete Carroll to eat shit. I can’t remember ever rooting for the Bears, but this weekend might be a first.
Sorry for the boring column today. I’ll try to do better tomorrow. If I was a QB, I’d have been benched after two paragraphs. I hope Skeebette doesn’t log in today. She might tell me it’s time to do something meaningful with my life. I’d get huffy and point out that Monday’s dinner was a bit meh. Next thing you know, it’s one of those days with the sullen black clouds filling the house with surly silence. Or worse. Oh, oh. Here she comes. Better get this posted and hit the Boss button.