It’s tough shaking this one off. The Super Bowl loss is not that hard to cope with, but the cloud it casts over the 2013 season is another matter. Only one team — the 1971 Miami Dolphins — has ever lost the SB one year and come back to win it the following year. History does not favor the 49ers this coming season.
Starting all over from 0-0 isn’t very exciting, either. It was all there for the taking and we didn’t take it.
Now we’ve got this miserable month of February to deal with, too. The black hole month of the sports calendar year. Certainly the football calendar year, in case some of you actually get excited about hockey, basketball, and golf. I dimly remember following these sports some long time ago when I gobbled down everything that popped up on the sports pages of the morning newspaper. Oh so 20th century world.
This will be the first offseason since 2007 that we won’t have Alex Smith on the dissecting table. That’s almost the entire history of the Bay Area blog scene. Our new QB, Colin Kaepernick, has been anointed as the franchise guy and, other than some mild critiques of his tattoos or biceps love, is currently beyond reproach. He won’t generate much fire on the blogs at all.
It’s too bad, bloglily speaking, that Alex wasn’t the guy who gagged at the five yard line in the SB. The blogs would be raging right now and far into the months ahead. Instead, criticism seems to be diverted to the referees and the sideline behavior of HC Jim Harbaugh. Not much shelf-life or passion with those two consumer revolts. Harbaugh did bring his buffoonery to a world wide audience in the SB, but unless he quits fielding a winner or gets hauled off to the emergency ward with cardiac arrest, 49er fans aren’t liable to complain too vociferously.
With Kaepernick now in the holy pantheon of untouchables that includes Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Andy Lee, and Patrick Willis, there’s not many players that can generate a lot of discussion. If Randy Moss is re-signed, there will be some well-deserved howling, but surely Trent Baalke won’t be that dumb, will he?
AJ Jenkins looks like a comer in the blog opinion section. They’re going to keep this guy around for at least two more years, maybe three. It’s been awhile since the word “bust” has been hurled around, a tribute to Baalke’s recent draft record. But AJ better catch a few passes in the 2013 exhibition season, or the grumbling will commence in earnest.
All in all, a daunting offseason awaits us, as we move into uncharted calm waters looking for the perfect storm.