I had a brother in law that I had been watching 49ers football games on and off with for over thirty five years. We had seen the 49ers win championships and Super Bowls together. This past Sunday he and my niece watched his last 49ers game together from his hospital room. He managed to watch the entire game before drifting off and losing his battle with cancer a little over an hour after the game had ended. According to her, he was coherent and responsive throughout the entire game.
Her telling me about their last moments together left me thinking, “was that game the last thing I would have wanted to experience in life?” I love football and I have been an avid fan of the 49ers for over fifty year. I have seen good times and bad times and yes, I would want to watch the game even that close to the end of my time on earth. Please, please, I beg of you Shanahan and Lynch, please give me a better product to die with. No one should ever have to go out that way.
OK, let’s talk about something more upbeat like Grant Cohn’s article. I don’t completely agree with Grant and I think he is being more than a little unfair in his assessment of Kyle Shanahan but it is really more about an underachieving offensive line. It drives me crazy every time I see someone talking about focusing on bringing in more running backs and wide receivers in the early rounds of the draft and not drafting offensive lineman until the third round or later. Grant is definitely right about one thing, without offensive line improvements, we really should not have very high expectations no matter who is playing quarterback. Hopefully, Garoppolo can handle getting the heck beat out of him?
Onto the sizzling hot links:
Danny Trevathan could return this week for Bears Curtis Crabtree
49ers expect DE Aaron Lynch to play as season winds down Chris Biderman
Reuben Foster becomes fifth 49ers rookie to win NFL award Chris Biderman