Randy Moss looked like RANDY MOSS at Thursday’s 49er “Football School.” Fast, tireless, and glue-handed. May as well throw in the towel NFC West pretenders. Start engraving the Lombardi Trophy. The 49ers are a lock for their sixth title.
Pete Carroll just slid onto the bar stool next to Scott McCloughan at the Seattle Slurp and Suck and ordered a triple scotch on the rocks.
A RANDY MOSS Randy Moss will turbocharge the 49er offense, giving it a swagger it hasn’t had since the ’90’s. Michael Crabtree’s fire is finally going to light. Throw in a dangerous Mario Manningham, the two new speedsters collected in the 2012 Draft, Jim Harbaugh’s ever creative running game and you have an offense that will be hell on opposing defenses. The 007 Offense: License to Kill.
Go ahead, be dubious. Toss in the cautious skepticism. Take a seat on the wait and see wagon. Be grumpy. Be harrumpy. You’re only delaying the inevitable fun.
Say good-bye to that safety that’s been in the box for the entire Frank Gore Era. There’ll be none of that now, laddie.
Last year, the 49ers bulled their way out of the endless 8-8 NFC West swamp and took the division by the throat. This year, they’ll be shedding that bayou goo from their wings and taking flight. The other division teams have made modest improvement this offseason, but modest is not going to cut it any more. You gotta be a league contender to even have a sniff of competing in the West now.
The 49ers will no longer be measuring themselves against Seattle, Arizona, and St. Louis. They’ll be matching up against the best in the league, like they did in the 80’s and 90’s, when Bay Area fans were more concerned about the Bears, or Washington, or the Giants, or Dallas, or Green Bay, than they were about the Falcons and Saints. The two or three teams each year that could legitimately book a fight with them.
Division games are always tough, but they won’t define the NFC West any more. Arizona and Seattle better start beating up on the rest of the league if they want to hang in the race. And neither team is close to that yet.