The 49ers are catching a media break now with the Giants rallying back into the NL West race and the Warriors grabbing everyone’s attention as they try to bring home their first NBA Title since 1975. That’s a 40 year title drought for those of you who have misplaced your calculator.
The Niners are halfway along this drought alley, standing currently at 21 years without a trophy. This time next year, it will be 22. Twelve different franchises have won one or more titles since the 49ers last got theirs.
It’s going to be a long, hard year for 49er fans. Outsider types know what’s coming, but most fans, especially young ones, are inseason fans and during the offseason are only marginally aware of the roster, the coaches, and the sort of day to day minutiae that provide the nuts and bolts of our blogging man world. These fans are going to tune in at the start of the season expecting to see the powerful 49ers setting out on another SB run. What they’re going to get is a big ass WTF experience from hell.
Right now, the chances of winning a bet that the team goes 2-14 in 2015 are not appreciably more risky than winning a bet that they simply make the playoffs. In fact, it’s probably even a less risky bet.
The 49ers play 14 games against the three toughest divisions in the NFL this year. Their own division, plus the AFC North and the NFC North. It wouldn’t be a shock if they whiffed the field. Nine of their games will be against 2014 playoff teams.
Meanwhile, the repercussions from the disastrous Jed York/Trent Baalke house cleaning after the 2014 season continued unabated last week as yet another player, RT Anthony Davis, threw in the towel on the new regime and retired from football rather than beat up his body for a losing operation.
Has any team ever so visibly demonstrated its disgust with management as this 49er team? Then again, has any team’s management ever made such a colossal mess as York and Baalke have engineered. With one gigantic, ego-driven blunder, they’ve managed to turn a championship caliber team into a bottom feeder.
This will be the year 49er fans get a painful reminder of what happens to a team when it doesn’t have a good coaching staff and its HC is a bum. You’d think that the eight years of horsecrap which preceded Jim Harbaugh would still be a fresh nightmare to all but the Alzheimered folks, but apparently not, judging by some of the blogging types who should know better, but certainly haven’t shown it.
The only significant question facing this franchise now is how long it will take Jed York to realize what a douche he is and at last, at least, remove himself from all football related questions and involvement. Until then, we’ll continue to add to the Drought Watch year after year after year.