Well, here we are at yet another crossroad, with Seattle in the headlights. The team, in my estimation, has done everything wrong, what with the latest news that Colin Kaepernick is on the shelf for the rest of the season, and likely his career, with the 49ers. So, here we sit, with our QB, Blaine Gabbert, the guy recently voted the worrst backup in the NFL, as our standard-bearer. Our backup QB is the one and only Dylan Thomas, who epically wrote, “Do no go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Certainly this proves that he’s a follower of the 49ers.
Oh, Dylan Thompson? Ahhh. He’s our backup QB. Undrafted, cut, and PSed, he famously said, “What’s a Gamecock?” So, this latest tossing of our budding superstar gone awry to the scrap heap comes with the usual amount of WTF? because, as of yesterday morning, CK was listed as probable, and no one was very concerned about his non-throwing-shoulder injury. Reports are he wanted the surgery, but no one has outright said that. There is the school of thought that they want out of the contract and will cut him before the $11.6 mill 2016 salary (and injury ins) kicks in, so they said, you’re finished this year.
So, once again the focus of the 49ers falls upon the shadowy machinations of a front office that seems to breed discontent and whispered innuendo as a staple of their existence. From Nolan/Sing forward, there always seems to be a lot of backroom whispering among the brass about how to deal with problems. None of which are straightforward and transparent. Singletary talked of rats on the ship, and Harbaugh certainly dealt with his giant obfuscation pie dealing with Baalke and York. Problem is, he had his own spin machine set to overdrive, and the mutually agreed-upon napalming of their coexistence went up in a cataclysmic and virtually guaranteed fireball.
Now we have this. Our once-and-future quarterback, hand-picked by Jim Harbaugh himself, a superstar in the making who is now seemingly lost and befuddled by an offense that was, in their words, dumbed down so he could run it effectively. Sure, that sounds good on paper, and the results these last 2 seasons bear this out, but the problems with the team are much more than just Kappy’s doing. The player turnover was not his doing, nor the last few dogshit drafts, especially on offense, of our teflon GM, Trent Baalke.
This team bears no resemblance to the Scotty-built team that underachieved so greatly under Singletary, but was loaded with high draft choice talent. I don’t know if Baalke resents Haraugh so much that he wants to distance himself from everything St. Jim, or if he really feels that the way to go is Blaine Gabbert. Makes NO sense if this was their decided course of action, because they should have drafted a backup to Kaepernick at least this year, if not 2014. So, again, this front office has the perception of being a bunch of clueless idiots that can’t see further than their collective noses. Can’t say I disagree. Kappy may not realize his full potential, but he certainly is better off somewhere else.
The 49ers? Well, we are in fine fettle with our backup QB raging against the dying light.