Good morning folks, and a happy Sunday to you. Since there’s not much going on, I figured I’d put fingers to keys about the reading selection today. First and foremost, Kyle Madson of Ninerswire put together an informative piece about the important upcoming dates, and how they pertain specifically to the 49ers. Although the major events are spread out, there are enough smaller deadlines in the between that there should be something to look forward to at least every other week. Oh boy.
Eric Branch of the SF Chronicle put together an article detailing the NFL’s newest love affair with hiring the young coaches, especially those with connections to Sean McVay, and by extension, Kyle Shanahan. It’s surely informative, but he seems to overrate Shanahan - which is something I can totally forgive him for. Niners Nation alum Jennifer Lee Chan put together a fun little piece detailing all of the former 49ers who will take part in the upstart Alliance of American Football league, from coaches to players, and even a league executive. I’d recommend taking a few minutes to go down memory lane, as there are numerous “Oh yeah, I remember that guy!” names littering the list.
Ninerswire put out a pair of editorial lists that are worth reading, but for different reasons. Kyle Madson’s list regarding hypothetical deals that may see the 49ers drop out of the #2 spot is hilariously bad, a veritable compendium of “Why?!”. However, his colleague Al Sacco put together a good informative list detailing the top 5 edge rushers that will likely enter free agency properly. It’s really well done, and I’m not just saying that because my confirmation bias was lit up by his kind words for Patriots DL Trey Flowers and Vikings LB Anthony Barr. I’d love to see either, or both, as 49ers - however, there’s too much uncertainty regarding the availability of Nick Bosa to definitively call for such major investments.
If the 49ers were to sign Barr, there’s reason to believe that he’d play the same role that detractors of drafting Josh Allen point to - SAM linebacker on base downs, edge rusher on passing downs. Although, the prospect of adding both Barr and Bosa would, on paper, seem to be an ideal solution in fortifying the defense. On the other hand, signing Trey Flowers could open up a scenario in which the 49ers may be able to safely trade out of the second overall pick, while still being able to find the impactful talent clustered at the top of the draft.
NFL teams rush to snap up Kyle Shanahan / Sean McVay assistants | Branch, SF Chronicle
“Alliance of American Football” league filled with ex-49ers | Chan, NBC Sports Bay Area
5 hypothetical draft trades | Madson, Ninerswire
5 free agent edge rushers the 49ers should look into | Sacco, Ninerswire
Important NFL calendar dates | Madson, Ninerswire