The NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis. In other news, …
Head coaches from all 32 teams will be in attendance, and 31 of them will be urging each other to trample the 49ers this year. After all, if the podunk staff scraped together by Jed York and Trent Baalke has any measure of success this coming year, the value of NFL coaches will plummet, along with their salaries. Not to mention how embarrassing it would be to get chumped by a bunch of chumps.
GM Trent Baalke
was dragged to took the podium Wednesday morning for about 15 minutes. He may or may not be much of GM, but he certainly has mastered the art of “my lips are moving, but I’m not saying anything.” Thursday, HC Jim Tomsula will speak/mumble/sweat/ at the podium, eyes darting around furiously like a cornered thief.
The HC as a joke-of-the-day. What a novel concept. Perhaps we’ll get a laugh track piped into his pressers this year. If you see him constantly looking at the floor before answering questions, it will be because Baalke is hidden behind the dais with cue cards.
The Harbaugh haters are mostly mum about the new coaches, preferring to continue their fanciful attempts to minimize him while resetting the bar of expectations for the new guy. 8-8 last year with a crippled roster was a disaster, but 8-8 this year with a healthy one will be a success. The comedy motif is already gaining a toe hold. York obviously thinks the fan base IQ lies somewhere between a rock and a tree stump, and maybe he’s right.
Baalke was asked whether Frank Gore would be back next year, and his non-answer was filled with praise for Gore and talk about hurdles to overcome to reach an agreement. I doubt if money is Gore’s main concern. He wants to play and not be a marginalized contributor while the team figures out if Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, and whoever Baalke drafts this year can replace him.
I can’t see why Gore would return. He’d be better off in a place like Indianapolis, competing for a championship and getting lots of carries, than coming back to this mess and finishing his career as a part-time player on a mediocre team.
Baalke noted how nice it was of Kurt Warner to be tutoring Colin Kaepernick this offseason, learning QB stuff like footwork, arm positions, touch passes, etc — all to improve his accuracy and command of the pocket. Then Colin will return to the Bay Area and later on meet up with his new QB coach, Steve Logan, who will tell Colin he values mobility over accuracy. GONG!
Time to wrap this up for now and go lay in a supply of popcorn for this morning’s Jim Tomsula presser. Should be fun!