The 2015 Schedule was released last Tuesday night. It looks like the only thing standing in the way of a perfect 0-8 start is the pesky opening game versus Minnesota. Even if the 49ers win that game — and they should — a 1-7 start would still put them in range of the top pick in the 2016 Draft. Are there any good QBs in college this coming year?
Just kidding, folks. We could be 0-10 by the BYE week and have the number one pick practically sewed up!
If only Jay Glazer would announce before the first game of the season that it was 100% that Jed York would not return in 2016, we could all give a hearty cheer of hope! I suppose that’s too much to ask for, though.
Opinions around the league were a bit more optimistic, mostly ranging from 4-12 to 7-9, with some scattered local hysteria ranging up to 10 wins. It’s unsure whether this optimism is based on the worth of the players or the laughability of the coaching staff.
Next up this Thursday is the long awaited 2015 NFL Draft. GM Trent Baalke has had some hits and some misses during his five year tenure, but there’s no denying the guy loves to work the board. It makes for draft day excitement, if not necessarily draft day results.
Joe Staley and Vernon Davis are the only guys left from the Scot McCloughan drafts, so if this team isn’t as good as the previous teams, that falls on Baalke. It’s his team now. He built it. He staffed it.
Personally speaking, if my reputation was on the line as a GM, team-running type of guy, there’s no way in hell I’m hiring Jim Tomsula to pilot my boat and make me look good. So, I’m giving Baalke the benefit of the doubt that he’s not a complete dumbshit who would make such a blunder. After all, he had a chance to hire Tomsula in 2011, but wisely chose Jim Harbaugh instead.
That means Tomsula was hired by York. Either as payment for being a locker room rat for the past seven years — as most of the writers who cover the team believe — or because Tomsula had so little stature in the NFL that York didn’t pee his pants when attempting to be boss-like around him.
I’m reminded of the scene after one of the SB wins in the ’80s, when a crazed John Frank bulled into Eddie Debartolo while celebrating, practically knocking him out. But Eddie shook it off, manned up, and roared back into the celebration like nothing had happened. If that happened to Jed, he’d be fetaled up on the floor under a bench making a panicky call home to mommie dearest.
At any rate, the pressure is on Baalke come this weekend. He’s not going to get any help from Tomsula, so he’d better be on his game. Should be fun to watch.