The Niners’ future never begins

It’s a measure of the absurdity of geographic bias, the zeal of fans with spendable cash, the wasted scene in the National Football Conference, and the fun of legal gambling, but somehow the San Francisco 49ers lost their starting quarterbacks, the best are down, the most reliable in passes, and I’ve gone from 20-1 to 16-1 is the Super Bowl bet in most Las Vegas books.

Then again, it might not be any of those things at all that explain their high reputation, but just an appreciation for the sheer fun it had to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo to his post. Really, nothing this early season has been more ridiculous than that.

Before you start laughing, a moment for Trey Lance, the heir apparent who will spend the rest of the year in an aerobic mold and after breaking his fibula and ripping some cartilage in an underdeveloped round early in the 49ers’ 27-7 win over Seattle. For him, that sucks with oak leaf clusters. Then again, this is football, no game is complete without someone being transported or aided, and there is no more development that delights some fans more than nostalgia for the old days when players exploded in the middle of play. Ah, happy times.

But we go on. The 49ers have confused their fan base since the start of last season to the point that they are now in a place where they have largely forgiven their nine-point loss in Chicago in Week 1 to the Horrific Bears, but are now largely hated by Kyle Shanahan after a 20-point home win over the Seahawks are equally rancid. They take responsibility for the play that hurt Lance, for his inability to win the Super Bowl in September, and more than anything for being on the job longer than any other coach since Steve Mariucci. They were promised a change, damn it, and their team looks more like last year than last year.

But don’t eat. Fans of the Forty-nine are pretty erratic in their behavior as it is. Although the Bells fans are highly performative, 49er fans are 48-card decks, adore the reserve midfielder more deeply than the novices at all times, annoyed that their team’s main strength is defense, and squabble with the unbelievable that they have to settlement. A decent quarterback when they were led to believe their birthright included the Hall of Famer, even though they haven’t had one of those in a quarter century. Even Garoppolo, who once presented him as the prettiest guy on the block, has some graying hair in his hair now. Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, and Patrick Mahomes don’t! Why don’t they have one of them?

They were delighted when Garoppolo was fired for all intent and purpose after only helping them achieve a place in the NFC title game, puzzled when none of their contractors took him, furious when off-season shoulder surgery made him an insurance risk for anyone. potential client, and now seems oddly mixed on whether it would be a good idea to reassign him with a 75 per cent pay cut – although he’ll likely make performance bonuses now that he’s starting again, it’d only be a 40 per cent cut if he can stay in a good health. O restorative money!

Well, they have to move on now, forward to the past which they both admit is pretty good but not entirely satisfactory. George Keitel, the soft-tight end, is supposed to be back soon with a quadriceps problem, and they have to wait another eight weeks for Elijah Mitchell, who was supposed to relieve Debo Samuel. They play with the Denver Broncos and their coach Nathaniel “So what game are we playing?” Hackett Sunday, then they face the defending but uninspired Los Angeles Rams. It’s good within the imagination that they can be 3-1 and forget that the absurdities of the first two weeks ever happened.

Except of course Garoppolo. It’s always going to be hard to reconcile Kyle Shanahan’s big move that he loses in the off-season spectacularly, getting his chips back anyway and the casino letting him do it, but that’s where we are, and where we stay. The 2021 San Francisco 49ers will never die — until 2023, anyway, and if they do another deep playoff run like last year, maybe 2024 as well. By then Lance will have nearly finished his junior contract and will be of less value to them, and we can all sit back and enjoy the 49ers’ new helmet crest – a cartoonish jutweed hamster with an angry grimace on a red and gold wheel, frantically running to get to where they already were .

But by then, they could be a favorite for the extravagant bet in Vegas. Because for them, the worse it gets, the better. If that doesn’t convince you that betting on football belongs to other people, it will do you no good.