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2016 Week 17 NFL Picks

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Week 17’s showdown against the Green Bay Packers could be a defining moment for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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A Potentially Wanted Man

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Coming into the 2016 National Football League season the bar of expectations wasn’t that high for the San Francisco 49ers who were coming off of a 5-11 season. Chip Kelly is in his first season as the head coach of the 49ers, and he joined them fresh off of posting a 26-21 record during his stint as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles which lasted nearly three years. After Kelly won the NFC East in his first year with the Eagles, he would have a mutiny on his hands as he lost the locker room there. Kelly might still have the locker room in San Francisco, but the season is slipping away from him as after the 49ers won their first game of the year, they’ve lost their last four as the campaign that most people expected them to have is in full throttle.

Prior to becoming the head coach of the Eagles, Kelly had a successful past life in college as he the head football coach of the Oregon Ducks. Kelly served as Oregon’s offensive coordinator for two years before he became the school’s head football coach in 2009 as he replaced the retiring Mike Bellotti. In four years as Oregon’s head football coach, Kelly posted a record of 46-7 which was a highlighted by a berth in the national championship game at the end of the 2010 college football season. But the allure of the National Football League was too much for Kelly to turn down which led him to joining the Eagles in 2013.

However during Kelly’s time in the National Football League, he has never been able to differentiate from the college game to the professional game in regards to how he treats his players. It is easy to control a college kid as a coach possesses his scholarship in his hands while the coach is the big man of campus. However in the NFL, the players are compensated much more than their coaches and they are the guys that are theoretically running the show. And as Kelly has never been able to adjust, the chances of him finding success in the NFL are remote at best. But there could be an escape route for him.

Last year when Steve Sarkisian was fired as the head football coach of the USC Trojans, rumors began to swirl that linked Kelly to the job. Kelly quickly squelched those rumors as he was steadfast about remaining in the National Football League which led to him joining the 49ers. But this time around Kelly could be a very wanted man as there could be a litany of big openings on college campuses that might be too much for him to pass up.

The LSU Tigers have already fired Les Miles as their head football coach, while Charlie Strong is on the hot seat with the Texas Longhorns. USC and Oregon each currently have losing records, while the Baylor Bears will be looking to make a splash with their next hire in the wake of sexual assault scandal that ultimately cost Art Briles his job there as the school’s head football coach. And you can expect all of these schools to at least put out a feeler and gauge the interest of Kelly. But would Kelly allow his ego to get in the way once again?

I’ve said it before, and I will continue to stand by it that Kelly’s style of coaching is not equipped for the National Football League, but more for the college game. Some portions of Kelly’s spread offense have had success in the NFL, but he has never warmed up to having a franchise quarterback, while he has never grasped the notion that you need stars to win in the pro game. Kelly’s undersized defenses have struggled in the NFL as they typically lose the time of possession battle due the offense scoring so quickly. Kelly can get away with this in college where there are nearly 100 players on scholarship, but it is more difficult in the NFL where there are just 53 players on the active roster which hurts his chances of winning.

When it comes to money and resources, LSU, Texas, and USC are at the top of the food chain collegiately. At USC, Kelly would have Hollywood at his back drop and he would be the star of stars as he could get the program back to what it was under current Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Mark Helfrich replaced Kelly at Oregon, but after immediate success in Eugene, the Ducks are once again becoming a mediocre program as Kelly could be welcomed back there with open arms. LSU would welcome Kelly with open arms as the power brokers in Baton Rogue want a head coach that will put points on the board as they grew tired of the stagnant offense that was run under Miles. And If things don’t work out for Strong at Texas which could make Kelly a wanted man in Austin, he will have a very hard time saying no because the powers that be there will park a Brinks truck loaded with cash on his front porch if need be. Baylor would still be in the mix for Kelly due to their propensity of operating the spread offense. During Kelly’s time at Oregon, he was known to recruit the State of Texas heavily which is something that could definitely be on the minds of the power brokers at both Baylor and Texas.

I’m not sure which team that Kelly will be coaching in 2017, but I doubt that it will be in the National Football League as the 49ers are currently a train wreck of a franchise. Kelly wouldn’t be the first head coach to walk away from an NFL gig in order to return to college as Nick Saban left the Miami Dolphins in 2006 to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the rest is history as he has gone on to win four national championships in Tuscaloosa. Bobby Petrino infamously resigned as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons with three games remaining in the 2007 NFL season to become the head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks where he went 34-17 before resigning in 2012.

It’s time for Kelly for put his ego aside and return to college where he will have a ton of success, and nobody will think any less of him for his failed run in the National Football League.

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2016 Week 3 NFL Picks

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Is Trevor Siemian ready for his first road test as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos?

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2016 Week 1 NFL Picks

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Is Quarterback Robert Griffin III ready to make the most of his opportunity with Cleveland Browns?

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2016 NFC West Projections

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X-Seattle Seahawks 12-4

The past four years have been the best stretch of football in the franchise history of the Seattle Seahawks. Over the stretch the Seahawks have a regular season record of 46-18 while they also have a Super Bowl Championship to their credit. And since Pete Carroll became the Seahawks head coach in 2010, this team has had depth at every position along with a competitive fire. In spite of not winning the NFC West last year, the Seahawks found a way to win a road playoff game before falling to the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional Playoffs. And as Seattle bid farewell to running back Marshawn Lynch who was arguably the most physical runner in the history of the Seahawks, this is a team that is ready to make another run at winning the Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson

As the Seahawks record over the last four years is 46-18, a solid portion of that can be attributed to quarterback Russell Wilson. In four years as the Seahawks quarterback, Wilson has provided the Seahawks with strong leadership at the most important position on the field. Aside from the quality winning percentage, Wilson knows how to take care of the football as in four years in the National Football League, he has only thrown 34 interceptions. And Wilson’s ability to protect the football, along with his strong pocket awareness put the Seahawks in a position to win each game.

The Seahawks will miss the powerful runs of Lynch, but as he missed the majority of the 2015 National Football League season due to injury, they were still third in the league in rushing. Wilson’s elusiveness as a runner will once again be on display, while the Seahawks have high expectations for running back Thomas Rawls. In 13 games with the Seahawks in 2015, Rawls averaged 5.6 yards per carry and he was on his way to gaining 1,000 yards before a broken ankle ended his campaign. But if Rawls is able to regain his form, he has plenty of speed and elusiveness in the backfield that will compliment Wilson.

The Seahawks don’t have Pro Bowlers at the wide receiver position, but it doesn’t hurt that Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Tyler Lockett are in sync with Wilson. Baldwin has become Wilson’s most dependable wide receiver; especially on third downs and scrambling situations, and that will once again be the case in 2016.

In the last two off-seasons there has been some roster overhaul on the Seahawks offensive line, but the new additions of offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and guard Jahri Evans will need to keep the machine that has become the Seattle offense going.

Defensively the Seahawks can still get after opponents with the best of them as they were second in the National Football League last year in total defense. The Seahawks defense will miss the contributions of defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, but they still have defensive end Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Aside from cornerback Richard Sherman, Bennett might have the biggest mouth in the Pacific Northwest. And just like Sherman, Bennett knows how to back it up as his motor on the field is just as active as his mouth.

Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas

But make no mistake about the fact the strength of the Seahawks defense is still in their secondary where they have a trio of All-Pros in Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, and strong safety Kam Chancellor who can change the game plan of opposing quarterbacks.

Under Carroll, there isn’t a facet of the game that the Seahawks don’t take for granted as you can see with their commitment to special teams. The Seahawks have one of the best place kickers in the National Football League in Steven Hauschka, a punter in Jon Ryan who typically sets the defense up with great field position, and a kick returner in Lockett who has shown in a very short time that he is always one step away from breaking a big return.

In recent years the Seahawks toughest opponent has been the Los Angeles Rams, and when these two clash in Week 2, it could set the tone for each team’s season. But when the smoke clears at the end of the season, the Seahawks should once again be the team to beat in the NFC West.

Y-Arizona Cardinals 12-4

This is the dawn of a new day for the Arizona Cardinals as for the first time since 1974-1976 when the franchise still called St. Louis, Missouri home, the Cardinals have put together three consecutive seasons in which they’ve won at least 10 games. The Cardinals also made the NFC Championship Game last year for just the second time in franchise history as there has been a definite culture change that has taken place on the watch of head coach Bruce Arians and the folks in cactus country are definitely thinking about their team winning the Super Bowl.

Carson Palmer

The success of the Cardinals begins with the health of quarterback Carson Palmer. At 36-years of age, Palmer has bounced around during his National Football League career which has included stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. Palmer is still a very capable quarterback, but it comes down to his health as the injury bug has bitten him several times during his career.

Arians has gone to work as far as putting a solid team around Palmer that begins with the Cardinals offensive line. Guard Mike Iupati is entering his seventh National Football League season and each of the last four years have seen him reach the Pro Bowl as he is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the best guards in the game. Guard Evan Mathis joins the Cards after helping the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl last year. And as the Cardinals are Mathis’ sixth NFL team, Arizona is hopeful that his experience will pay dividends for them this year. The Cardinals also employ two of the larger offensive tackles in football with D.J. Humphries and Jared Veldheer as this is the unit that is charged with keeping Palmer’s uniform clean.

Bruce Arians

Under Arians, the Cards have been committed to a solid running game which was evident by the fact that Arizona finished 2015 eighth in the National Football League in rushing. The Cardinals have a trio of running backs in Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, and David Johnson that each possesses a different running style which keeps opposing defenses on their toes.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is set to begin his 13th year with the Cardinals. And as Fitzgerald is getting older, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down as he still has some of the best hands in football while being a dependable pass catcher for Palmer. Aside from Fitzgerald, the Cards have speed at wide receiver in the form of John Brown, along with Michael Floyd who has a big frame as he can ward off smaller defensive backs.

In 2015, the Cardinals were fifth in the National Football League in total defense as this is a veteran unit that has turned into a band of brothers. Arians has made it a point to hire former NFL players, and if you look at the Cards defensive coaching staff, defensive line coach Brenston Buckner, linebackers coach Larry Foote, and defensive backs coach Kevin Ross all played in the league which makes it easier as they can relate to their players.

The Cardinals typically run the 3-4 defense which requires a stout defensive line to open up things for the rest of the defense. On Arizona’s defensive line, the likes of Red Bryant and Calais Campbell never stop moving, while the expectations are high for rookie defensive end Robert Nkemdiche who was the Cardinals first-round pick this past spring. This off-season has seen the Cardinals acquire outside linebacker Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots as he is one of the best pass rushers in the National Football League which only makes this unit stronger.

But just like the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals possess one of the best secondaries in football. Cornerback Patrick Peterson has great tremendous cover skills, while safety Tyrann Mathieu is turning into one of the best defensive players in the league. And Arizona also has a hard hitting strong safety in Deone Bucannon who is known to creep up into the box as a run stopper as he is indeed an intimidator.

Of the Cardinals first six games in 2016, only the New England Patriots made the playoffs last year as they will look to keep up with the Seahawks for supremacy in the NFC West.

Los Angeles Rams 8-8

The 2016 National Football League season will be nostalgic for anyone old enough to remember the days when the Rams called Los Angeles home. From 1946-1994, the Rams played in Los Angeles, until former team owner Georgia Frontiere decided to move the team to St. Louis, Missouri. However the current Rams owner Stan Kroenke was seeking a new stadium on the St. Louis waterfront which he was unable to secure, and that led the Rams returning to Los Angeles. And once you factor in that the Raiders left Los Angeles in 1994 like the Rams did, this marks the first time in more than two decades that the second largest metropolis in the United States has an NFL franchise to call its own.

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher is set to embark on his fifth season as the Rams head coach and you have to wonder how much more rope that he’ll be given as he has yet to post a winning record with this team. Fisher feels that the lack of production from the quarterback position has been a hinderance to this team which led him to trading up in the National Football League Draft this past April to select quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick.

To me Goff needs some time to get adjusted to the professional game, but since the Rams gave up so much in the draft to get him, you can expect to see him under center sooner rather than later in Los Angeles. On top of that, Goff will be dealing with immense pressure he’ll be under the Hollywood microscope.

But while Goff is attempting to get his feet wet in the National Football League, he can rely on one of the best rushing attacks in the league. Last year as a rookie, running back Todd Gurley arrived in a very loud way with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns to be named as the NFL’s Rookie of the Year. The Rams are hopeful that Gurley can avoid the sophomore slump while also adding to the franchise’s tradition at running back that includes Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk.

The Rams also employ one the biggest and ferocious offensive lines in football that includes offensive tackle Greg Robinson, and guard Roger Saffold as there is plenty of beef in Los Angeles.

The Rams have an intimidating defense, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are good. The Rams have a stout defensive line that includes defensive tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald, along with defensive end Robert Quinn who are all talented pass rushers. But the Rams were 23rd in the National Football League last year in total defense and they allowed two leaders to leave this off-season in defensive end Chris Long who signed with the New England Patriots and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is now with the New Orleans Saints. And that lack of leadership will definitely hurt the Rams defensively as they are seeking their first playoff berth since 2004.

The bright lights of Hollywood will be on the Rams, and it will be interesting to see how they’ll be able to handle it.

San Francisco 49ers 4-12

After being one of the best teams in the National Football League from 2011-2013, the San Francisco 49ers have once again fell on hard times. Last year saw the 49ers go 5-11 for their worst campaign since 2007. After just one year as the Niners head coach, Jim Tomsula was fired and replaced by former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Like Tomsula, Kelly was dismissed last season. But for Kelly, he had a mutiny on his hands in the Eagles locker room. And for some strange reason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke decided that Kelly would be the right man for the job in San Francisco.

Colin Kaepernick

According to the salary that Colin Kaepernick is receiving, he should be the 49ers starting quarterback, but that is something which isn’t etched in stone. Kaepernick has been the 49ers starting quarterback since 2012. But whereas Kaepernick’s athleticism allowed him to become a household name upon his arrival to the National Football League, he has been unable to make the adjustment to becoming a pocket passer. Kaepernick has been lukewarm at best to playing for Kelly who does use spread offense principles, however he’s never been a head coach that was willing to commit to using just one quarterback. The Niners were on the verge of trading Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos this off-season, until the quarterback wasn’t willing to take a pay cut. And what this makes for is something that is festering in the Bay Area that doesn’t smell good with Kelly who still has a college mindset.

Overall last year the 49ers were abysmal on offense as they were 31st in the National Football League in total offense. The Niners once proud rushing attack was reduced to a heap of rubble as they were 21st in the league in rushing with the team’s leading ground gainer being running back Carlos Hyde with just 470 yards.

Chip Kelly

Make no mistake about it that the 49ers will do a much better job of running the football this season under Kelly as he is committed to the ground game. The Niners commitment to the rushing attack begins with the offensive line that features left tackle Joe Staley who has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons, and guard Joshua Garnett who is a rookie from Stanford University that San Francisco is high on.

When the 49ers were one of the better teams in the National Football League a few years ago, their defense was stingy and full of play makers. But that is no longer the case as middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman will try to lead an unproven group that will be fighting an uphill battle in the NFC West.

Unless Kelly has changed his mindset on how he treats his players, and how he chooses to treat his starting quarterback, San Francisco needs to prepare for a very long football season.

X-Division Winner

Y-Wild Card

Source: Pro-football-reference.com

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2016 NFC West Draft Grades

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Arizona Cardinals

Grade: B-

First Round Pick: Robert Nkemdiche-Defensive Tackle-Ole Miss

Best Pick: Robert Nkemdiche

There has been a definite culture change for the Arizona Cardinals in their three years under head coach Bruce Arians as they now find themselves among the elite teams in the National Football League. After making the NFC Championship Game last season, the Cardinals found themselves picking near the end of the first round of the NFL Draft. And there Arians would take a chance on Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.

Robert Nkemdiche

Nkemdiche had the talent to be selected in the top five of the National Football League Draft, but off-the-field issues saw him slide. It appeared that Nkemdiche would fall out of the first round completely until Arians took a chance on him. Arizona should be a solid fit for Nkemdiche as there is leadership in the locker room and he will be held accountable for his actions.

Aside from Nkemdiche, the Cards were able to add depth in the secondary with their second round selection of Texas A&M Aggies cornerback Brandon Williams and in the sixth round with cornerback Harlan Miller from the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. But Arians and the Cardinals did miss an opportunity to draft a quarterback to groom behind Carson Palmer who is 36-years of age along with having a history of injuries. Instead the Cardinals decided to bring in Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback as an undrafted free agent, but it will be interesting to see if he’ll impress enough to make the roster.

Seattle Seahawks

Grade: A

First Round Pick: Germain Ifedi-Offensive Tackle-Texas A&M

Best Pick: Round Two-Jarran Reed-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

Since Pete Carroll became the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, this has been an organization that has made a habit of nailing it at the National Football League Draft which is why they have five playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance over that stretch.

The Seahawks really got busy at the 2016 National Football League Draft. In the first round, Seattle traded down five slots and still managed to draft Texas A&M Aggies offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. In Ifedi, the Seahawks get a versatile player that can play multiple positions on the offensive line, but he’ll most likely fill the void at left tackle after Russell Okung left to join the Broncos.

Jarran Reed

Seattle really lucked out near the end of the second round where they selected Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jarran Reed. In some of my mock drafts, I had the Seahawks selecting Reed in the first round, and he still managed to be available that late in the draft process for them which was a huge coup for them.

The running back position in the National Football League is a spot where teams always need depth. And whereas the Seahawks must fill the void of running back Marshawn Lynch who retired, they stocked up on ball carriers with Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back C.J. Prosise in the third round and Arkansas Razorbacks Alex Collins in the sixth round. Prosise and Collins will provide the Seahawks with depth and speed. But for Collins he comes to the NFL with a ton of carries under his belt at Arkansas and you just wonder if that will wear on him in Seattle.

Los Angeles Rams

Grade: C

First Round Pick: Jared Goff-Quarterback-California

Best Pick: Jared Goff

Jared Goff

It wasn’t a big secret that the Los Angeles Rams were going to use the first overall pick of the National Football League Draft on a quarterback; it was just a matter of which one. Heading up to the start of the draft, the Rams were able to keep one of the biggest secrets in sports to themselves, but they ultimately decided on California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff. At 6’4″, 215lbs., Goff has the prototypical height for the position, but he will need to bulk up to deal with the potential hits. Goff didn’t come from a pro-style offense at California which means that there will be a learning curve. However with all that the Rams gave up to get Goff, he will probably be thrown to the wolves too early.

Due to the fact that the Rams moved up 14 spots to take Goff, they had to part with several draft picks which robbed them of the chance to add depth. And hopefully for the Rams and Goff, we’ll see them have a successful marriage in Hollywood.

San Francisco 49ers

Grade: C-

First Round Pick: DeForest Buckner-Defensive End-Oregon, Joshua Garnett-Guard-Stanford

Best Pick: DeForest BucknerĀ 

This off-season has not been a good one for the San Francisco 49ers. First, the 49ers hired a head coach in Chip Kelly who had just been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after he lost the locker room there. And secondly, the Niners have been unable to trade a disgruntled quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.

After the Niners failed to complete a deal to send Kaepernick packing, they passed up on quarterbacks in the National Football League Draft until the sixth round when they selected Louisiana Tech Bulldogs quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a mobile signal caller that will fit into Kelly’s system. However there are a ton of questions around his ability to lead and execute an offense.

After San Francisco used their first-round pick on Oregon Ducks defensive end DeForest Buckner, they surprisingly traded back into the first to select Stanford Cardinal guard Joshua Garnett who they could have gotten much later in the draft process.

Unfortunately for the 49ers, these past few months are a clear example that the 2016 National Football League season is going to be a very long one for them.

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Pure Stupidity

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Jim Tomsula

In a classic example of cutting off your name to spite your face, the San Francisco 49ers have fired Jim Tomsula after one year as their head coach. Tomsula has been with the 49ers since 2007 as he served as the team’s defensive line coach for eight years before being promoted to the position of head coach last year. Tomsula’s firing comes on the heels of the 49ers firing Jim Harbaugh last January as their head coach which was a moved that received a ton of criticism. In four years as the 49ers head coach, Harbaugh never had a losing record and he led San Francisco to the NFC Championship in 2012. But Harbaugh and Niners general manager Trent Baalke were never on the same page which led to his termination. Tomsula appeared to be on the same page with Baalke, but the productivity was not there on the field this season as San Francisco finished with a record of 6-10, which was their identical record in the previous year that Harbaugh took over. And the firing of Tomsula after the 49ers bad season just makes the dismissal of Harbaugh last January just appear to be that more foolish.

Jim Harbaugh

In four years as the 49ers head coach, Harbaugh had a record of 40-19-1, but his tension with Baalke led to him getting his walking papers. Habraugh would land on his feet as he went back to alma mater. Whereas the 49ers didn’t want Harbaugh’s services, the University of Michigan was very happy to bring him into the fold to be their head football coach. And after a 5-7 season in 2014 under former head football coach Brady Hoke, it didn’t take Harbaugh that long to turn things around at Michigan as the squad just capped off their first 10-win season since 2011 while the 49ers are back to being an also-ran in the National Football League.

Jed York

For 49ers owner Jed York, he sided with the Baalke on the decision to fire Harbaugh and it is a move that has come back to bite him in the rear end. York and Baalke are prime examples of when an employer doesn’t truly value an employee that is under him/her as they feel that it is all about their system instead of what the individual actually brings to the table.

Harbaugh was and is a bit eccentric; which is a quality that most geniuses possess. But Harbuagh provided the 49ers team with was structure, accountability, and a winning attitude which is something that they had lacked for quite some time. During Harbaugh’s tenure with the 49ers, he won the NFC West Title with Alex Smtih as his quarterback who was a player that had never been able to previously accomplish anything in the National Football League. Harbaugh was then able to get to the Super Bowl with Colin Kaepernick as his quarterback, and in the process, he turned the young Kaepernick into a star. But without Harbaugh as his head coach this year, Kaepernick found himself benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert who up until this point of his NFL career was a bust. Harbaugh pushed his players with the 49ers, but he made them better as he challenged them to become better which was evident by their decline this past season.

Now that the 49ers are back to square one as they’ll once again be on the prowl for a head coach, York can’t expect his uncle (Eddie DeBartolo) who previously owned the Niners to get him out of the jam that he has created. The 49ers have a state-of-the-art facility in Levi’s Stadium that’s only highlight will be that it is the site of Super Bowl 50 next month as their team is putrid.

The Niners replaced Harbaugh with a man in Tomsula that is not qualified to be a head coach in the National Football League, and he’ll more than likely catch on with another team in the league as a defensive line coach which is something that he excels at. But as the process has begun for the 49ers to find another head coach, they will more than likley be starting over at the quarterback position being that the team will more than likely move on from Kaepernick as a new head coach will probably be ready to start fresh with a new signal caller. The spirit and togetherness that was created under Harbaugh is gone just as quick as it was established which means that the 49ers next head coach will have his hands full attempting to turn things around.

Harbaugh hasn’t had a problem trolling the 49ers organization as he went to Twitter to discuss the firing of social media. And while the 49ers find themselves left out in the cold watching the playoffs this month, Harbaugh soaked up the sunshine of Orlando, Florida as he led Michigan to 41-7 victory in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day over the Florida Gators. The Niners are now prepping to pick very early in the 2016 National Football League Draft, but Harbaugh is prepping his team in Ann Arbor for what could be a run at the national title next season. But I guess that victories and a head coach like Harbaugh that has an old-school work ethic isn’t important to York and Baalke who already looked foolish for firing him, but they simply added to it when they gave up on Tomsula.

 

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