It’s NFL Combine week, which means that February is down to its last useless week with a schedule of fittingly useless events that showcase certain peculiar athletic skills of a huge pile of college boys. All of this is a cover for psychotic interviews designed to weed out the mental cases and generally failing to do so. That plus all the out of work coaches will be there begging for jobs.
Speaking of Jim Tomsula, it does not appear any team out there has been inquiring about his services. It’s possible Jimbo is content to enjoy the dough he squeezed out of the Yorks and laugh himself into a long and comfortable retirement. Or it’s possible nobody wants anything to do with him. That would be my recommendation.
Most of the gab that has dribbled forth lately revolves around whether the 49ers should or should not keep Colin Kaepernick on the roster this year. Whether he does or does not fit into Chip Kelly‘s offense. In reality, it doesn’t matter. Kaepernick’s only value to the 49ers is in a trade for draft picks. He’ll never have value here as a QB. Or anywhere else, probably, but let some other franchise discover that. The Niners already have.
The Niners have a lot of holes to fill this year. O-line, D-line, ILB, OLBs, TEs, WRs — heck, most every unit on the team. But the April Draft can only provide one or two instant starters. And less if Trent Baalke again bungles his picks. Which makes the most important part of the offseason the coming free agency period, which begins in two weeks.
The only area on the team that doesn’t need restocking is the secondary. In the past three drafts, Baalke has spent seven picks on CBs and Safeties. Most of them are decent, but so far none of them are above average. Jimmie Ward showed the most promise last year, but mainly as a slot corner. If the others don’t step it up this coming year, the defense will continue to be a sieve. And we’ll have another bunch of failures to add to Baalke’s growing negative resume.