Even when the 49ers aren’t busy, they are. On Tuesday, the team signed a wide receiver that nobody has heard of while releasing Josh Johnson for the 15th time. Here’s my question to you: does Josh Rosen make the roster?
“I think George is easily one of the top people in the NFL,” York said. “Just an awesome guy, an awesome, awesome football player. The first person ever to do a hand-written card for me to say thank you for a new contract, ever in the NFL. Since 2005, my first year, first guy ever to do a hand-written card.”
“He haded me a thank you note,” York continued. “He lost it last year after we had done the deal. With all the moves and just everything, he had it in his storage because he moved to Nashville with his wife. He’s like, ‘I found it, and I just wanted to hand-deliver you a card.’
“Beautifully-written card, the thank you note. The first time I’ve had a hand-written note from any player for doing a contract extension.”
The offseason is the perfect time to take stock of the 49ers, and to do so this time, I’ve enlisted an all-star panel of 13- and 14-year-old 49ers experts: Benjamin Kampermin, Amin the Dream and NotYourAverageSportsKid.
Here’s what they think is the biggest obstacle facing the 49ers.
ATD: “Their biggest obstacle easily is their health. The 49ers don’t have a bad roster. They have a defense. They have a run game. They drafted Trey Lance. The only thing that’s holding them back is their injuries. The 49ers had some injuries in 2019, but when they were healthy, they made it to the Super Bowl. In 2020, injuries held them back. The only thing that could stop them from making the Super Bowl this season is injuries. That’s it.”
Week 4 vs. Seahawks
Opponent win total: O/U 10
Shanahan dials up a heavy ground game to control the clock, but once again, the 49ers are stuck in a nail-biter with a great QB. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, wins the final stretch thanks in part to his superior receiving corps, headlined by DK Metcalf.
Prediction: 49ers lose 26-23
Projected record: 2-2
Week 18 at Rams
Opponent win total: O/U 10.5
Once again, Sean McVay’s squad is just a touch more experienced in key spots, like QB. This time, however, the Rams’ O-line doesn’t hold up nearly as well, and Matthew Stafford is baited into two picks. Lance mostly contributes on the ground, but it gets the job done.
Prediction: 49ers win 27-24
Projected record: 12-5
This baton could eventually be passed along not too far down the road, though, perhaps to someone like Bosa if he ascends from his torn ACL suffered in 2020 to becoming one of the most prolific pass-rushers in recent NFL history. Judging by his trajectory and regardless of the injury, it sure appears as if this could be the case.
Particularly if Donald begins to slow down in the coming years after hitting that 30-year-old benchmark.
Either way, the crop of quality defenders within the NFC West showcase why this division is easily the tops of the entire league, meaning it’ll be a gauntlet for any team winning the division title this season and one which will be rightfully deserved.
It’s during that Week 7 game hosting the Colts that Benjamin predicts Shanahan will make a switch at quarterback, sidelining Garoppolo for the No. 3 overall draft pick, Trey Lance.
“Three straight losses and a Week 6 bye prompt Shanahan to officially kick off the Trey Lance experiment,” wrote Benjamin. “The rookie QB flashes in front of a fired-up crowd but is coaxed into two costly turnovers against a veteran Colts defense.”
The losing streak finally ends, and the rebounding 49ers lose only one more game — a Week 10 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams — for the rest of the season.