Training Camp is still five weeks in the future, which means there’s not much 49er news to gnaw on these days. If this was the Donner Party blog, we’d be looking at each other with lustful teeth.
The Bounty scandal is occupying a lot of space on PFT these days, but only four NFL players are keeping this tale alive and none of them are on the 49er roster, so who cares? The NFLPA is blathering away with loaded anti-NFL adjectives, as it usually does, but if anybody else is tuned to this channel, they should be lobotomized and end the charade of their leading meaningful lives.
Mike Homgren, Pete Carroll, and Mike Shanahan all enter their third seasons as reincarnated partial legends trying to prove their gaudy reputations were earned and not just accidents of history. This is a dangerous road to travel, as George Seifert can attest to. George took his “winningest coach in NFL history” to Carolina to prove he didn’t just inherit Bill Walsh’s team and, well, he cemented the inheritance tag while losing the winningest title.
Of the three resurrected somebodies, Carroll has enjoyed the most success thus far, modest as it has been. In his first season, he became the first coach in modern NFL history to take a losing team to the playoffs. Last year, he duplicated the successful losing record, but it was only good for third place this time. His fate next season seems to hinge on whether Matt Flynn is a big league QB or another whiff like Charlie Whitehurst before him. It would also be helpful if he could find some way to beat Jim Harbaugh, who whipped him in college and again last year in the pros.
It’s hard to say whether Holmgren or Shanahan is on the shakiest ground this year, but my vote goes to Holmgren. Recent photos of the Big Show look like an old fat guy dragged out of a dead sleep after a three day binge. Casual Browns fans openly question his commitment to Cleveland, while diehard Browns fans hope he isn’t committed to Cleveland. Another desultory year for this franchise could get Holmgren heaved, though ownership might be hestitant to explain so soon how they had bungled yet another front office makeover and wasted yet another three years.
Shanahan has shoved out squat and lasted two years in Washington, which is treading dangerously close to Dan Snyder’s tolerance limit. With the drafting of Robert Griffin III, Shanahan will be expected to produce another John Elway. Even Snyder must realize this won’t happen in one year, which probably gives Shanahan two more years to prove he isn’t an overrated, washed up hack.
These three specimens were all recommended highly by large segments of the blogosphere rabble at one time or another, but thankfully Jed York erred in judgment precisely long enough to instead have our HC position vacant when Harbaugh decided to go pro. Was it luck or carefully crafted ineptitude? Either way, isn’t it nice to be a 49er fan at this point in time?