Beginning with the injury to Deebo Samuel’s foot in the summer, and including injuries to Raheem Mostert and Fred Warner last week, this year has been one frustration after another. Clearly we’ve all felt it as fans, but now we’re getting some reports that the people wearing scarlet and gold are feeling it, too.
During the most recent episode of the Niners Nate-tion Podcast, Sports Illustrated’s Leo Luna said he’s hearing, “whispers” that the 49ers receivers are frustrated with the play from the quarterback position this year.
I realize that isn’t exactly an Earth-shattering development, but it is something that Kyle Shanahan is going to have to deal with the rest of this year. There weren’t a ton of disgruntled employees when the team was going 13-3 and earning a first-round bye in the playoffs in 2019. I will be interested to see how he handles things from this point forward.
Also, how much does the feeling in the locker room enter into his thinking about replacing his quarterbacks? Is he going to handle it more like Bill Belichick as a head coach and completely distance himself from emotion to make an objective decision, or will be learn more in the opposite direction and make a decision that might be popular with the players?
The DeForest Buckner trade last year is probably a big indicator of which way he’ll go, but it’s one thing to trade a defensive tackle, and another thing to completely jettison your entire quarterback room in one offseason.
For more on this and a juicy little nugget from Matt Barrows about how the team is preparing for Robert Saleh’s likely departure, check out the Stats & Eggs Podcast here on this page, or wherever you get your podcasts.