The San Francisco 49ers are high on the list of teams many people expect to struggle in 2015. It is not surprising then that 49ers players get plenty of questions about the turnover and the questions as they finish up their offseason. Colin Kaepernick is going to get as many questions as anybody, and it was no different this past weekend. Kap was the keynote speaker at the Nevada Governor's Dinner, which is an event to raise money for athletic programs at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Kap had a media conference before speaking at the dinner, and he got questions about the changes. The article was in this morning's Golden Nuggets, but I figured it was worth pulling out for something extra. As one would expect, Kap is confident about the direction of the team.
"Very excited for the season," he said. "A lot of new faces in the locker room and a lot of new coaches. I think the changes are for the good."
He admitted he didn't know how good the 49ers are going to be based on the offseason. "It's hard to tell," Kaepernick said. But he did say he likes what he sees.
"I feel very confident in our team," Kaepernick said. "I feel people are writing us off, but for us, that's all right."
People are quick to make bold proclamations about the state of the 49ers following a tumultuous offseason. The team turned over most of their coaching staff, saw four notable retirements, and parted ways with the franchise's career rushing leader, two starting cornerbacks and their left guard from last season. It is fair to say there are questions about what this team will do.
While I am generally optimistic about the team's chances in any given year, this is one year where I can say they could be good or bad, and neither result would entirely shock me. If they finished with two wins or 15 wins I might be just a wee bit shocked. However, they could win anywhere from six to 12 games, and generally speaking, I would not be entirely surprised.
On the one hand, I think Jim Tomsula can be an effective leader, and I think this team has a lot of talent. On the other hand, Jim Tomsula has one game of NFL head coaching experience, and the team is replacing numerous starters. Even as a fairly optimistic person, I see plenty of questions to be answered. Maybe the 49ers figure out all the answers, maybe they don't. I don't think it's possible to say anything with complete confidence at this point. Well, let me correct that. People can say it with confidence, but I am not inclined to buy into the arguments. The story of the 2015 season has the potential for a huge range of conclusions.