The NFL is tiptoeing back to work this week. Although “work” might be stretching the concept a bit. All the players will be doing this week is sitting for a virus probe, waiting in isolation for a couple of days, and getting another probe that will hopefully pronounce them healthy enough to begin six months of beating each other’s brains out.
The last time the 49ers went to the Super Bowl and lost, they followed up with a 12-4 regular season before losing the NFC Title game in Seattle. That game ended with Dickhead Sherman tipping an endzone pass meant for Michael Crabtree into the grateful arms of Malcolm Smith. Sherman then launched into a spit-flying YOU-SUCK!! tirade against Crabtree, and Smith cashed in his luck by getting handsomely overpaid by the Raiders and Niners over the next four years or so.
Nothing much will be happening for the first three weeks. Just conditioning type stuff that young people think will give them a better, more healthy life, and older people realize there’s enough pain and suffering already in life so why beat yourself up and add to it?
Padded practices don’t begin until mid-August. Which means there’s only going to be a couple weeks of real practice until the season starts. Early games are bound to be ragged affairs. If the 49ers manage to get by Arizona in the opening game, they’ll then have games against the Jets and Giants, which should see them get to October with a 3-0 record.
That all presumes the Niners, or one of their opponents, don’t get COVID infestations that are going to throw weirdness into this season every week. Strange times.