When the season began, Monday night’s game against the Cardinals and the season ending game against the same team were thought to be the crucial games that would decide the NFC West championship. As it is, they are only crucial in determining who will have the higher draft pick come the 2011 Draft.
Since the 49ers have managed to do just about everything wrong this year, I am thinking they will probably win both games and end up drafting right after the Cardinals for seven rounds next Spring. This would extend the misery of this season all the way into the future, ensuring that the Mike Singletary era had lasting infamy.
There are currently four teams with worse records than the Niners, though only the Bengals and maybe Carolina have played as poorly as our boys. At a time of year when scoreboard watching should be meaningful for the current season, it is meaningful mostly for the coming draft. Here’s hoping Carolina, Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati all win some games in December, because the 49ers are not likely to.
As Maiocco pointed out some time last week, hiring a new coach this year is a tricky business with the uncertainty surrounding the new CBA agreement. Not to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, but there is a chance that Singletary will not get fired after this season, no matter how badly the team finishes.
If the CBA dilemma drags on past the end of the year, a likely scenario, any new coach would not be able to get in an off season of installing his “system” and evaluating the roster. Hot coaching commodities would be wary of signing on with the Niners, or any other team, until the CBA landscape is cleared. IOW, a January hire would be dicey.
Under this spine tingling possibility, the best bet for the Niners would probably be to retain Singletary, but strip him of any control over the offensive side of the ball. Mike Johnson would be given carte blanche to run whatever offense he chooses. And Singletary would just have to eat it with spoons. Would this proud man accept such a situation? My guess is yes. It’s the only hope he has of retaining his desire to be a big shot head coach in the NFL.
The question of who would play QB for the team would then be Johnson’s choice. This would be exciting news for Nate Davis. Johnson likes Nate and nobody likes David Carr and Alex Smith is going to walk away. The starting QB battle next year would basically be between Nate and Troy Smith, with the early favorite being Nate.
In what may be a lost season, due to the CBA baloney, seeing what Nate has to offer would be, initially, a fan winner and as good a way as any to waste another season waiting for a better climate to hire the next head coach.
And if nothing pans out in 2011, we can all begin to follow the Mayan count down to the end of the world in 2012, which would take care of this endless uselessness once and for all.
NoFear checks in below with a play very reminiscent of the play Gary Plummer made many years ago, that resulted in Lee Woodall grabbing a fumble and going 98 yards for a TD.
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Highlights scarce in the TB game. But since we last saw Blount running over some Niners here’s Spikes stuffing Blount in a goal line play. Unfortunately this 2nd down play was followed by a roll-out pass to the OT for a TD but a good effort here nonetheless. Yes, the OT.