It’s been three weeks since the 49ers blew the Super Bowl and it’s still two weeks until the March 12th kickoff to free agency, the trading period, and the new league year. The team is primed to be a contender again next year, it won’t get much immediate help from this year’s draft class, a couple of key free agents need to be signed, and nothing much has changed since last week when there was nothing much that had changed, nor will anything change much this coming week, except that February will get the hell out of town, putting an end to the shortest yet longest month of the calendar year.
The Scouting Combine came and went last week and the 49er coaches and GM were there, with Jim Harbaugh giving another virtuoso performance of the eclectic, folksy balderdash that has become his trademark and both amuses the media and provides them with a constant stream of comedic material. After extoling Judge Judy for upholding an honest TV court room, he then proceeded to say with a straight face that keeping Alex Smith on the roster next year was a serious option [gavel slams down in the background]. This was followed a day later by the news a trade had already been finalized but couldn’t be announced until the new league year [Bailiff! Escort this guy from the court room!].
The Combine featured some real speed burners this year. 5 WRs ran sub-4.4 40-yard dashes — Marquise Goodwin, Tavon Austin, Ryan Swope, Josh Boyce and Kenny Stills. If they let you wear pants in heaven, Al Davis’s would be soaking wet about now.
The 49ers are said to be leaning toward not franchising Dashon Goldson this year, so he’ll be a free agent next month. If there’s a team that views him through the zoom lens he views himself, he’ll be gone. It’s doubtful teams are much interested in a seven or eight million a year investment in a free safety, though. Good teams already have good safeties and bad teams need foundation players, not back end guys.
The Read/Option took the league by storm in 2012 and has been discussed so much I’m already sick of hearing about it. Running quarterbacks don’t last long in the NFL, and RGIII didn’t even make it through one year before suffering a serious injury. Colin Kaepernick, however, isn’t really a running QB — he’s a streaker! When he takes off, it’s point A to point B in a hurry, with none of the shifty-nimble running around that gets knees blown out.