As the San Francisco 49ers continue their off-season workouts, on Tuesday voters in San Francisco approved Proposition G which includes plans for a potential 49er stadium. The passage of measure G does not move the 49ers any closer to a new stadium nor does it make it more likely the 49ers are staying in The City. It just calls for room for the 49ers stadium…if they want to build a stadium there. This seems less-likely (see previous post) which means the 49ers stadium plans are as murky as Alex Smith’s chances of developing into a franchise quarterback. Even with the passage of G nothing will be resolved until Santa Clara votes this November on a whether voters want to entertain the idea of building a new stadium with public money. When Election Day comes in November the 49ers very well may be 2-6 (optimistic), Alex Smith out with an injury or replaced by third stringer J.T. O’Sullivan as newly “interim” head coach Mike Martz, taken over for Mike Nolan, says O’Sullivan gives the team the best chance to win. If the Santa Clara voters reject a stadium for the Red and Gold what does the York Family do next? They have no any other plans, at least not made publicly, of what their next move will be. Ball is in your court Mr. and Mrs. York.
While Alex Smith learns his fourth offensive in as many years, Martz is making sure each of the wide receivers are held accountable for every pattern, on every play saying “We have a rule: Be where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there, and don’t ever fool the quarterback. If everybody’s accountable and where they’re supposed to be all the time, then you have a really good chance of having success.” (Sfgate.com)
The real question is can Smith learn a complicated offense to be able to get the ball to his receivers. Who is to say, minus Isaac Bruce, the 49ers have the WR’s to be held accountable on every route they run? Antonio Bryant, Ashley Lelie, Jason Hill? You have to be kidding me. I find it hard to believe Nolan and Martz can hold their receivers accountable on every route they run, at least not this pathetic group of a receiving core. Martz had Bruce and Torry Holt in their prime. In Detroit he had Roy Williams, Shaun McDonald, and Calvin Johnson. In their current form all of the 49ers WR’s would probably be third or fourth on the depth chart on both of those teams.
Funny thing is with all of the hype around the QB battle for the starting job and the WR’s being held accountable; the biggest mark is the 49ers offensive line. Where is Larry Allen? It might be a good thing he is unsure whether to retire or re-sign because it gives the younger Adam Snyder a chance to show really what he is made of and that he can start every game at left guard. The other big question mark is can David Baas recover from a torn pectoral muscle that will cause him to miss all of training camp and will he be effective this season? Any avid football fan will tell you those who miss training camp due to either injury or a contract dispute have a hard time coming into the season and being effective right away. Can Jonas Jennings’ body hold up for another full season? If not can 2nd round pick Chilo Rachal fill-in effectively if Jennings goes down or if Baas is not effective? The 49er Faithfull do not need to be reminded how last year the O-Line was suppose to be the shining light and the backbone of the offense when it turn out they were the big reason why the 49ers were so horrible last year. If you cannot protect your QB (see Seahawks game last year) or run block for your only offensive stud in Frank Gore, then 219 total points scored and the worst offense in the league is what you get.
So 49ers Faithfull continue to hold on to that faith because it will be a long season on and off the field.