Perhaps we should return to just UQB. My previous post seems to have Smithed everyone off!
At any rate, Mr. Unnamed was in the news again Tuesday as Jim Harbaugh announced he was creating “separation” from Colin Kaepernick in the camp quarterback competition that more than a few bloggers feel is about as phony as the much ballyhooed search for a GM conducted last January. Whether it is or isn’t phony, it looks like Smith will be anointed the starter any day now.
I should think so. If a six year vet can’t beat out a rookie, then the rational for bringing him back would be seriously torpedoed as well as the decision making processes of our new head coach. That decision has already turned a sizeable section of the blogopolis against Harbaugh, or at least put his skills into the open for debate category.
Harbaugh has thrown open the competition, real or not, at most all of the starting positions on the team. The only starters from last year that seem to be in peril, however, are Chilo Rachal and Parys Haralson. With Michael Crabtree finally out of his walking boot and apparently nearing a return to action, you have to wonder about the fate of Josh Morgan, or Joshua as he prefers to be called these days. The vision of Crabtree and Braylon Edwards as our starting wide outs is pretty tantalizing. That would be the most gifted pair of receivers the 49ers have had in many, many moons.
The team has quietly collected seven former number one draft picks for its starting offense. The Rams kept collecting number one picks during the 90’s and those guys finally put it all together in 1999. It would be pleasant to think that this team might achieve similar results, too — and soon!
The defense now has four former number one picks of its own in the starting lineup, two of them in the secondary. That’s half of the twenty-two starters on the team that were once deemed to have first round talent. The 2005 team, where this whole rebuilding process began, didn’t have any that I can recall. Maybe I just don’t want to think about how bad that team was and have purged it from my memory.
The upcoming exhibition game against the Raiders is assuming more importance than a second preseason game normally has. After the offensive debacle in New Orleans last week, another ignominious effort Saturday, and against the hated Raiders, would turn the blogorama into a screeching hysteria all next week.
As a point of disclaimer, when I refer to the blogorama and the blogosphere and similar expressions for the internet football community, I am rarely talking about the esteemed citizens who gather on this site. If any of you want to see the difference, just go to the Chronicle blog, or the Sac Bee blog, or Maiocco’s blog, and get a load of the commenters trampling all over each other and bellowing incoherently on those sites. Those guys are the unwashed masses of the blogosphere, and it is them I am referring to. In fact, it is the clogged brain syndrome so prevalently displayed on those sites that has given rise to blogs like this one, where football fans can discuss the team in a somewhat more lucid and friendly environment.
In that spirit, let me just say, “RAIDERS SUCK!!”