Now that the 49ers’ Front Office has bungled away the feel good atmosphere of the hugely successful 2011 season and reminded us of the ten years of ownership ineptitude which preceded it, everyone can get back to business. And thank you Jed York for smugly reminding the fans that it is, after all, a business. And you, despite being related to Uncle Eddie, are still, after all, a York.
Today, we’ll hear the spin from each side of the QB contract snafu, with all participants smiling good-naturedly. At least until Lowell Cohn throws a loaded question or two at the podium, which will no doubt put some serious squirm into the press room. Something like “Whose idea was it to pursue Manning?” Lowell will be looking, as he always does, for the proper donkey to pin the tail on.
Wonder who will shoulder the blame? Trent Baalke, most likely, who will then have to insist that everything’s okay and nothing’s changed and his relationship with Jim Harbaugh is as strong as ever. York will hand out the “Trust my football guys” shrug, but it was York who uncharacteristically went public on the negotiations with his “Ball’s in Alex’s court” take it or leave it attitude.
And then, at last, the 2012 offseason will lurch back onto the tracks and chug onward through the remaining weeks of free agency and predraft. Where were we? Oh, yeah, beefing up the WR position and searching for a new RG.
Maybe a slight comedic interlude would be appropriate here. Still out there in the unemployment line are former 49ers Chilo Rachal, Reggie Smith, Abrayo Franklin, Ted Ginn, Justin Peelle, Madieu Williams, Manny Lawson, and everyone’s favorite ex, Moran Norris. Good luck, fellas.
Abrayo’s stock certainly seems to have plummeted around the league. Two years ago, he was being talked about as one of the premier nose tackles in the game. The 49ers franchised him, he held out through training camp and half of the preseason, had a less than stellar year, and ended up taking an eleventh hour DT position in New Orleans last year and was not heard from again. PFT’s top 100 FA list had him slotted at value number 60, down there around Reggie Smith territory. He valued himself at seven or eight million a year. Mike Nolan is the DC in Atlanta now, so maybe Abrayo can find a home there. At about two million or so or less.
Also out there, while still in there, is the Broncos’ QB who got flattened under the wheels of the Manning Express, Tim Tebow. John Elway is so relieved to be able to safely run Tim out of town that he probably already feels Manning has delivered everything needed and any victories Manning adds to the haul will just be gravy. The Tebow Cult will move its tent elsewhere next year.
Colin Kaepernick has benefited from the QB merry-go-round by getting loudly reassured that he is still the Anointed One as far as the 49ers are concerned. With anointments come expectations, however. It would behoove Colin to show vast improvement from last year, when he rang up a 23.9 QBR in four preseason games, throwing five interceptions and no touchdowns. Not exactly Nate Davis numbers.
Today is the Spring Equinox, one of two days each year when black and white share equal billing o’er the earthly sphere. Tomorrow, white will nudge into the lead and maintain it’s preeminence until September 22, when black will regain the lead and this hopeful whimsy will not be useful to note. For now, though, we’ll go with it. “Here comes the sun, doo n doo doo, here comes the sun. And I say, it’s alright. Doot n do doot n doo doo doo …”