Call me Mr. Rosey Sunglasses, but for me, I think the 49ers aren’t that far away. As proven earlier this year, we were close in 5 games with one of the thinnest and shittiest lineups in the league, and we could have been 5-1 from the get-go. Now we are winning some close ones, and the team seems to be gathering momentum and learning how to win. As shakey as all the play has been, we have some talent, but no depth. To me, the minimum number of things we need are:
a) A #1 WR
b) A consistent pass rusher
c) A strong CB
d) A guard
That’s bare minimum. Sure it sounds like a lot, and we need more depth at CB, O line, and WR, but as parity often shows, any given team can make the jump (well, not the Browns) to relevancy quickly. No one picked the Jags to be this dominant, and really, no one saw the Saints riding this high.
The places where we are fairly solid are quarterback (shocking!), interior D line, RB, and safety. I’m on the fence with our TEs. Kittle is OK, and Celek is OK as well. Hikutami (sp?) was hurt and is unknown, but a big red zone target would be nice.
So there you have it. Barring injuries, this team could very well be on its way soon. Next year’s schedule is easier than this year’s:
New York Giants (2-11) or Washington (5-8)
Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
Green Bay (7-6)
Kansas City (7-6)
Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)
Tampa Bay (4-9)
Los Angeles Rams
Amazingly our furthest trip east is Green Bay. But wins right off the bat appear to be Chi, Denver, Det, maybe Oak, NYG, TB. AZ is trending way down so that could be 8 right there. The Rams and Seattle are the big dogs at this point, and Minn, KC, and Green Bay on the road look daunting. Shit even the Chargers are a challenge. but we stand to possibly get above .500 next year.
We shall see.