Yesterday we asked you a very simple question on Twitter, and I was shocked at how your vote came in.
As we come out of a bye week that was good for the Niners playoff chances, what would you rather see?— Niners Nation Podcast Network (@NNPodcasts) November 23, 2020
Basically, half of you want to see the Saints intercept the pass in the picture in this post, and half of you want to see Kendrick Bourne haul it in. Niner Nate Nelson was apparently shocked, too, because he spent his whole podcast this week reacting to that poll.
“This idea of losing now sucks, but it’s like ripping off a band-aid,” Nate said, “You have to rip it off now and get all the losses out because then you’re going to feel fine once the band-aid is gone, right? If you leave it on too long, and leave Jimmy Garoppolo out there too long, when you rip it off it’s going to hurt worse. Rip it off now and get the losses out of the way, because next year when you have a real quarterback, you’re going to prosper.”
It’s a valid argument, to be sure. That said, 49ers fans are no stranger to seasons that begin with no hope of making the playoffs, so to voluntarily throw one away doesn’t sit easy with a lot people.
What really interests me is the fact that fans on both sides of the argument are essentially betting on the unknown. The fans that are hoping for a back door playoff berth likely say that anything can happen in a one game situation. The fans that want to see the higher draft pick associated with missing the playoffs are also placing their faith in the unknown, only this time it comes in the form of drafting a quarterback in the first round.
My personal belief is that any team can trade up in the draft to get any player they want if they’re willing to pay a high enough price. So, while it might be more expensive to move up if the 49ers were to make the playoffs, the extra cost isn’t worth having to sit through six more weeks of bad football.
Check out today’s podcast (here or anywhere you get podcasts) to hear more of the conversation between Niner Nate and Leo Luna, and feel free to comment below. Where do you come down?