It’s Happy Talk time in the NFL. Every team is getting better, every change is for the best, every player is expecting to have a big year.
By the end of the year, a couple of teams will be surprisingly better, a couple will be shockingly worse, and everything else will be pretty much the same.
It’s a given we’re all minor league fibbers. Unless we don’t care about having a family, a lover, friends, job security, or a distinctive blogging identity. Still, the amount of fibbing an NFL head coach has to do is pretty mind boggling. Position coaches don’t need to and coordinators only put in token appearances at the altar of bullshit. But HCs have to be pathological about it. Or find something else to do.
The 49ers may not be the best team in the league, but they sure look like the deepest. They have ridiculous depth at every position except OLB and their secondary. Of course, those two areas are kind of important.
Depth at QB is a different matter. If you have quality depth at this position, you need to trade out of it. Or you have a distraction and a team with fractured loyalties. There can only be one leader for a team. If he gets injured, you throw in the towel and hope you’re playing in the NFC North.
The 49ers might be carrying the depth thing a bit far with this year’s running back group. Even considering LaMichael James as a punt returner only, there’s still four quality RBs here. It’s Frank Gore’s last year and Kendall Hunter is on the final year of his rookie contract, so the problem may go away in 2015. But for this year, if the team is serious about passing the ball more than they have in the past, how are Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde going to get any significant touches? Are they going to just red shirt on special teams?
Of course, Jim Harbaugh will tell us this is a good problem to have. Do we believe him? Ha ha ha.