The comparison between the teams in Sunday’s surprising and exciting Super Bowl shows us just how far the 49ers from getting there next season — or for years to come.
Start with the owners. You seldom hear anything from either of them, although Robert Kraft spoke out strongly for his team in the much-overblown story about partially deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game.
</p> In contrast, Jed York just can’t shut up about topics about which he knows nothing. Football is one of them. His latest opinion on football was that the 49ers’ coaches should let Colin Kaepernick run more. In fact, teams with good defenses have learned how to stop Kaepernick’s running. His 90-yard run in the 2014 season came against a San Diego Chargers team that had a poor run defense.
Coaches are another huge contrast. New England’s Bill Belichick is not much of a talker, especially to media people (remind you of anybody?), but he’s a great coach who is also smart enough to leave the offensive side to assistants who know more about it. Seattle’s Pete Carroll is one of three coaches to win a college championship and a Super Bowl.
The 49ers have Jim Tomsula, whose only head-coaching experience is 10 games in the last year of NFL Europe, a venture that showcased bad football but sold plenty of merchandise, the NFL’s main goal. Tomsula does know how to kiss up to his bosses, though, with that ridiculous statement that the 49ers’ turnaround in 2011 during the lockout came because Alex Smith gathered the players together for workouts before coaches could talk to them. His obvious implication: Jim Harbaugh had nothing to do with it.
The Super Bowl also matched two great quarterbacks.
Tom Brady is a classic NFL quarterback, one who stands in the pocket and goes through his progressions, paying little attention to the rush while he finds an open receiver. He is often compared to Joe Montana, his boyhood idol. Montana could run if necessary but he seldom did, staying in the pocket to find a receiver.
Russell Wilson is a gifted athlete who can throw deep passes accurately and can use his feet effectively, either to evade the rush or to run for yardage. The Patriots had a spy to try to prevent Wilson from running but he was still able to do it.
The 49ers have Kaepernick, a great athlete who probably never will adjust to be even the type of quarterback Wilson is, able to run but looking first to pass. If Kaepernick’s primary receiver is covered, he’ll immediately start running, almost always to his right.
I doubt that he’ll ever change. He’s smart enough but he has a type of renegade thinking that prevents him from admitting he has to change. The 49ers should be looking for another quarterback.
The truth is, 49ers fans will have to get accustomed to a long run of bad teams. The Niners could easily sink to the bottom of their division next season and stay there until York realizes he backed the wrong horse with Trent Baalke.