Tonight at Candlestick Park, Mike Singletary resumes his quest to become the greatest Head Coach who ever lived. Next step for Mike, convince an owner to hire him as a Head Coach. Minnesota deliberated briefly this offseason about promoting Mike to Defensive Coordinator, but sanity was quickly restored to the deliberation room and Mike will remain the LB coach for yet another year.
Compelling stuff, for sure, but a few of us will be directing our attention to the other sideline where the 49ers will resume their own quest — to be the greatest team in the NFL this year. Not as lofty a goal as greatest of all time Mike, but SB 6 is nice and would suffice.
After Michael Crabtree trots out for a couple of plays and removes the pre-season ZERO from his back, we can all settle in to watch The Battle for Number Two. Normally, folks tend to shy away from observing number twos, but this is football and two is a ripe number for becoming the most popular player on the team — the backup quarterback.
Heading into the first of four glorified scrimmages, the club house leader is Colin Kaepernick. Colin achieved his lead by getting drafted in the second round in 2011 and posting a league low 23 QBR in last season’s exhibition games. As you might surmise, his lead is tenuous.
Sitting at number two in the number two race is Josh Johnson, the sweet throwing import from Tampa Bay, followed by dark horse candidate Scott Tolzien. Scott has acquired a reputation as a gamer, even though he hasn’t played in any real games yet.
Other players to watch in the mayhem of missed tackles, botched blocks, and blown assignments are Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and AJ Jenkins. These young players will see a lot of action and we haven’t seen any of James’ and Jenkins’ action, so this will be their welcome to the blogosphere moment. In the spirit of the moment, we’ll all wait at least three plays before we start ripping them.
We saw Hunter last season and he’s definitely got some quick to him. Jim Harbaugh went so far as to say Thursday that Hunter has a chance for a “big year” in 2012. That doesn’t sound like a guy who will occasionally fill in for Frank Gore.
Tonight’s opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, are pretty much devoid of interest or talent. They’re losers. I’d blame it on Singletary, just on general principles, but the Vikings have always been losers. Even when they accidentally have a good year or two, they always end up losers. Still, it’s nice of them to fly out here and donate their organs to the 49er 2012 research phase.
Ah, it’s nice to be smug again, able to go smug to smug with any fan base in the league. Time to dust off your smirks guys and tune in tonight as the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers take the field for the first time since last January. Go Niners!