49ers HC Jim Harbaugh says Frank Gore has three more good years left in his tank. He also says the team needs a 3rd WR who can get open and make plays. If this site endorsed sarcasm, we might reply, “Huh?” and “Duh.”
Harbaugh also said last year’s mid-season offensive ineptitude wasn’t QB Colin Kaepernick’s fault, it was because the 3rd WRs could get open. Actually, Jim has a memory hiccup on this matter. He forgot Michael Crabtree wasn’t around then and neither the 2nd nor 3rd guys could get open.
Of course, we blogsters figured this out when it was happening, with two divergent further speculations. One that Kaepernick didn’t look hard enough for anybody but the first read in a passing play, and two that OC Greg Roman was dialing up some stinky play calls.
The two guys primarily heaved under the bus for Failure to Get Open were Kyle Williams, abruptly traded to Kansas City during last season, and Jon Baldwin, still on the roster but not likely to remain so by the beginning of the 2014 season.
None of these items was anything but old news, so it was surprising that the big three beat writers managed to convince their newspapers to pay for a trip to Orlando to attend the owners’ meeting from whence the old news was dispensed. But there they were surrounding Harbaugh at the table set up for him during the NFC coaches speak to the press day. Barrows on his left, with Maiocco and Kawakami on his right.
Why these three would make the cross country trip is easy to guess. The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando is a super swank joint with its own lush golf course that would not normally cater to scruffy lowbrows like beat reporters — or to fashion lowlifes like Harbaugh, who has taken anal wardrobe wear to the outskirts and beyond of Bill Belichick’s Hoodieville. It must have made the hotel owners cringe to see the likes of these fellows wandering the halls of their establishment.
The NFL owners did manage to squeeze in five rule changes for the coming year, among them extending the uprights five feet higher, disallowing the kind of offensive line blocks that sent Ian Williams to IR last year, and attempting to wipe the egg off their face by allowing fumble recoveries to be reviewable, such as they weren’t when NaVorro Bowman made a TD saving one in the NFC Championship game. Why all plays aren’t reviewable is still a mystery of the universe, since coaches only have two or at most three challenges they can use during the course of a game. The idea that games would be slowed down by constant replay reviews is complete bunk.
At any rate, the offseason crawls along through another week, and April beckons, bringing the Draft into view on the horizon.