The San Francisco 49ers have a few problems, three of which are very closely related: the interior of the offensive line. Left guard Zane Beadles, center Daniel Kilgore and right guard Brandon Fusco don’t make for an inspiring trio.
"I think the issue for their offense — and it will be all season — is their interior three on their offensive line,” Cosell said. “This was a really good D-line they played against; they're gonna face the same issue this week when they play Seattle.”
He went on to say that the 49ers have to get better on the interior of the line, and that it’s “not likely to happen this season.”
Cosell’s words are always worth hearing, and he makes plenty of sense here. He’s not telling us anything new, but I do have to wonder how much he’s considered Laken Tomlinson.
Either way, I believe Tomlinson was let go for a reason, and I don’t expect him to be a massive upgrade over Beadles, unfortunately. He’s popular because he’s not Beadles, and if he winds up being an above-average starting guard in the NFL, it will be a surprise, not him simply meeting expectations. Like Cosell says, it’s not a quick fix and can’t be taken care of this year.