The 49ers’ first three day OTA has concluded. There will now be a four day rest period before the next OTA. Gasp. Wheeze. C’mon, man!
What we’ve learned so far is that Frank Gore is primed for another year of being Frank Gore (half a season of effectiveness). Kyle Williams is a very good number two return man (as long as he’s number two). Michael Crabtree is looking better than ever (he’d better be). Randy Moss is terrific in every way (for now). Alex Boone is doing great at right guard (blocking imaginary defensive linemen). Anthony Davis has improved his footwork (call DWTS now). Daniel Kilgore is comfortable playing center (or anywhere else he’s told to play). Alex Smith is thrilled with his new WR group (is the feeling mutual?). And, gosh, omg, and another gosh on top of that.
The best news was there were no injuries. Except for this year’s fifth round draft choice, OLB Darius Fleming, tearing his ACL and having to red shirt his first NFL season on IR. So long, Darius. We will remember you next year when you will be considered an extra fifth round pick of the 2013 draft.
And so the long, not as hard as it used to be road to the 2012 season has officially begun. Ultimately, its success will depend entirely on what happens next January. But between now and then, we are almost guaranteed to see a whole bunch of exciting and entertaining football games.
Unless the team loses two games in a row, or more. They did not do that at all in 2011. As such, we have never seen the Jim Harbaugh press conference loser face. If he stays in character, he will have to throw himself under the bus, and not his players. It’s a smart move. Reporters are apt to be much less nasty when the object of their cruel remarks is beating himself to death right in front of them. As long as he doesn’t get the Singletary Face of vacant, helpless dipwaddity. That look is a coach killer. Heck, it’s a marriage killer. A solid reason to become a teenage runaway.
The dipwad face is fairly common in the real world. You see it all the time. Sitting in the car next to you at a stoplight. Standing across the room from you at an extended inlaw gathering. Often times staring out at you on a TV screen from the highest levels of government. It’s part of the idiot village landscape.
But you do not want to see that face on your football team. In the owners box or along the sideline. The loser face, however, lurks within all of us — mostly unobserved. Not so in the highly televised world of the NFL. We have the Manning Face, the Brady Face, the virtually every game Norv Turner Face. The Wade Phillips Face. As yet, there’s no Eli Manning Face because his face always looks halfway between dipwad and goofball, whether he’s winning or losing.
The 49ers haven’t been national celebrities long enough to have earned their very own faces. It’s still pretty much a faceless, anonymous bunch of warriors. The addition of Randy Moss adds some national recognition to the team, but it will take another superb year or two or three for any of our guys to become household mug shots.
For the coming season, a faceless overpowering force will be just fine. It’s even a bit scary. “Who are these guys?!” can be read from lip to frightened lip on opposing benches. The faces of fear. Intimidation. Defeat. Hahaha. Whip they asses, red and gold nobodies. May the face be with you.