Camp Alex II came and went this past week without much coverage and without much interest. The two camps no doubt nudged forward the installation of Jim Harbaugh’s playbook, and provided a bonding experience for the players, but whether that wins us a game or two this season is highly dubious.
It did seem that the players were quite impressed with Colin Kaepernik, or KAPernick to you pronunciation oriented sticklers. Best get used to the name, because this fellow seems to be the real deal. We won’t know for sure until he starts ducking defensive ends pouring through whiffle blocks while trying to complete a pass before getting killed. That scenario has been a staple of the 49er offense the past few years, no matter who was playing QB. Perhaps the O-line will play a lot better in an offense that keeps defenses on their heels, but that is an anticipation at this point, and not yet a reality.
What does seem inevitable is that Alex Smith is done as a 49er. Even if he were to play well this year and lead the team to the playoffs, I don’t see him wanting to re-sign with the Niners next year. Harbaugh drafted Kaepernick to be his QB and Smith knows it. This is a one year gig with mutual benefits to Smith and to Harbaugh. Let’s hope it’s a mutual benefit to us fans as well.
Speaking of fans, we have arrived at the turning point days of the offseason lockout. If we can believe the experts. Whoever they are. We’ll either have an agreement announced today or this weekend, or we’ll start seeing the 2011 season slowly slipping away.
My sense is that fans have tried to be cheerful and pretty much let this nonsense play itself out, figuring the owners and players can’t be so stupid as to actually sabotage a season at a time when the league is prospering and the economy is so poor. If this impasse continues past this week and impinges on the season, though, fans are going to get real disgusted and the mood will turn decidedly ugly.
I don’t feel particularly optimistic we’ll hear good news today or tomorrow. Maybe it’s just part of a general feeling that the world seems to be collapsing all around us, so why not football, too? Or maybe I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m usually wrong about things, so if I expect bad stuff, maybe it will jinx events into becoming good stuff.
Obviously, I’m teetering on the edge of lunacy. There was a time earlier on in my life that being a lunatic seemed kind of cool. But I’m not of that persuasion currently. Young lunatics are laughed off. Old lunatics are sent off.
All the filler and happy talk and player camps that have kept us pigeons fed since March will no longer suffice for entertainment. We need a new CBA and we need it NOW.