Trent Baalke mentioned yesterday that next year’s 49er QB is not currently on the roster. Nate Davis took the blubber he acquired while rededicating himself to his craft this past season up to Seattle where it will help keep him warm while he cultivates a new throng of admirers, and extends his career as the greatest third string QB who never played a game. Seattle blogs can now hunker down over arguments as to whether Nate has a learning disability or is just plain stupid and lazy.
David Carr is the only 49er QB under contract, but Baalke’s statements amounted to a pink slip, so he will be relocating soon also. Troy Smith’s future is uncertain, but he’ll land somewhere. After all, J. T. O’Sullivan was still employed last year, by the Raiders no less. These marginal QBs can bounce around the league forever, it seems like, or as long as they can handle making a living as a guy who is no good at all at what he does — a useless bum, for you non PC types. Good money, low self-esteem.
More than a few Niner fans consider having no QBs on the roster to be an upgrade over the three QBs we had on the roster last year. Ouch. There doesn’t seem to be much of a panic yet about filling out this position before OTAs and Training Camp begin. For one, Baalke has the look of a can do guy and having Jim Harbaugh as the HC is bound to be more attractive to potential huddle honchos than say, oh, having Mike Singletary as HC.
Meanwhile, we’re all waiting to see who fills out Harbaugh’s staff for the coming year. Most specifically, who will replace Greg Manusky as the defensive coordinator. The early favorite is Vic Fangio, but his NFL track record is not particularly inspiring. By all accounts, he did a great job at Stanford, but in his tours of duty for four pro franchises, his defenses always got worse from his first year to his last year. Maybe this was the fault of the franchise talent selection fellows, more than himself, but it’s a nervous making stat nevertheless.
Maiocco compares Fangio to Dom Capers in Green Bay, but some people compared Singletary to Vince Lombardi, too. In both comparisons, I think we’d prefer the other fellow to the one we had, or might soon have.
It’s refreshing to be off the stage of the Tomato Heavers Auditorium. Niner fans have been wiping seeds and pulp off their faces for a good long run. Too long. The Bay Area ankle biters, Tim Kawakami and Lowell Cohn, are moving their camps back over to the Al Davis Horror Show, which is good grisly fun. Kawakami foisted the notion yesterday that Undead Al fired Tom Cable earlier than necessary because he thought he could steal Harbaugh out from under the Niner noses, and now he’s pretty ticked off that he failed to do so. As with most things Kawakami, who knows if this is a pile of horse manure or has a smidgen of reality. And who cares? It’s Al. Screw him. Hahaha.
You have to give Al a little credit, though, for the way he responded to the Raiders achieving their first non-losing season since 2002, compared to how the Niners responded to this “triumph” last year. I wouldn’t want to be Cable’s wife about now, though. Or one of his ex-wives or ex-coaches. [GONG!]
Okay. Enough with the Raider jokes. Until tomorrow. And the next day. And maybe all off season. Life can be strange. The Raiders had a better, more inspiring season by far than the 49ers last year, and yet they have managed to dump this momentum into the toilet less than one week into the off season, and the Niners have managed to turn a bustola season into a box office success in the same time frame. Hey, Al, when you start getting your butt whipped by a twenty-nine year old kid who never played the game, it’s time for that fatal look in the mirror. Baby.