The Niners seems to be getting more than their fare share of injuries, as the latest to go down is Donavin Newsome, UDFA LB from Missouri was knocked unconscious, and taken away by ambulance for possible neck injuries and paralysis. Luckily for all involved, he regained all feeling in his extremities, and will be released from the hospital today with a concussion.
Needless to say, football is dangerous, but the 49ers currently have 21 guys on the injury list. And even more notably, Jeremy Zuttah was unceremoniously cut today. He was one of only a few moves to beef up the offensive line. Zuttah, a 10 year vet, looks to catch on with another team. Maybe the one we swapped 6th round picks with the Ravens for, uh, the Ravens.
This move, made apparently because Zuttah doesn’t fit the model of leaner faster linemen that Kyle wants to use brings to mind the Ellington cut. One was one of their guys, and one was one of the previous regime’s picks. In other words, no one is safe from the axe. One of the most glaring problems with the team is the culture. As in change the culture from one of a long culture of losing to changing things up to a winning culture.
Cutting Zuttah is an admission that they didn’t get what they expected, sure, but it shows that they are willing to cut their losses. Even with a guy they just brought in. Ellington on the other hand has been a two-year-long disappointment was quickly picked up by the Jets, but he failed his physical so he’s on the open market again. Word is VMcD is on the blocks but no one seems interested in his services.
You always see turnover from one regime to the next, and I really expect to see a lot of the offensive players rotated out. Mainly because the offense has been soooo poor these last few seasons, and the players not up to par. Shanahan should be able to get some immediate help with a new scheme and a new QB, and a decent set of weapons. The defense on the other hand has been more hamstrung by the coaching in my opinion, and stand to keep most of the players here.