Okay, back to reality. There’s eleven more games to play this season. The injury to Josh Morgan is a pointed reminder how quickly sweet can turn sour in the NFL.
Still, looking at the QB rankings after five weeks of the season and seeing Alex Smith sitting in the number three spot at 104+ has got to be a real head scratcher around the league. Hahaha. Guys like ESPN’s Mike Sando, who’s been drooling over Sam Bradford since the day he stepped on the field for his first game, just can’t seem to wrap his head around Smith’s success this year without attributing it to everything in the universe but Smith himself. And even then, he can’t get past leaning toward the It’s a Fluke factor.
Sando, like the majority of other national and local pundits, had the Rams and Cardinals as the class of the NFC West when the year began. The 49ers and Seahawks were seen as battling for last place. Instead, it’s just the other way around. You can understand how some east coast writer would be clueless about the west, but Sando exclusively follows the four NFC West teams as a full time job and yet clearly doesn’t know anything much at all about them. He should be a blogger! Wait! He is!
Sando works for ESPN, so he’s naturally pumping the new Total QBR stat that ESPN invented this year. You know, the super duper system that last week ranked Tim Tebow’s pedestrian performance higher than Aaron Roger’s sterling effort. PFT pointed out this laugher Monday, but it’s not likely to keep Sando from beating the drum for it the rest of the year.
While most of the national press saw the Detroit Lions success coming, hardly any at all noticed the 49ers. They are still not indicating much of an attention to this western uprising, either. It appears the team can grab their attention this weekend when the 49ers play the Lions. Hopefully, I will not be eating this post with a crow wing when that game concludes.
The blogging age was born during the early days of the Mike Nolan era, and by now just about all of us have had to swallow the black bird over some point or other. The notorious FlyingV of the Chronical Insider is an exception, since he staked out an impregnable 5 Super Bowls or nothing platform from day one, with Joe Montana as his QB and Eddie Debartolo as his owner. That castle is unlikely to ever be breached. But for the rest of us, living more or less in the present tense, crow has been the meal at one time or another.
My own first repast was Nolan’s demise. I liked his hiring and the sense of order he restored to the franchise. I liked his drafts. I thought he should get that 4th year, as the 3rd year was just too bad luck flukey. Then I was heartily glad to see him canned. No one shoved the bird onto my table, so I ate it in quiet shame. Proving I had learned little, when Mike Singletary was hired, out came the pom poms again. And in came the bird two years later.
As some may have noticed, I’m waving the tassles over Jim Harbaugh, too. This time, the third time, will be a charming crow free experience. I’m just sure of it. At least for this week.