In the lead up to the 2021 season, Deebo Samuel was so excited that he became a catalyst. Of course, every professional athlete engages in social media self-help, but Deebo was above and beyond with his Instagram logos. The Tao of Deebo was deep, relatable and, I’ll argue, visual for the upcoming season.
Take this quote about failure. Debo was talking to himself after a failed campaign in 2020, propelling himself towards the launch, the All-Pro campaign the following season.
year 2022 49ers The season officially begins in less than 24 hours. It looks like we’ve been waiting for this moment since trade went down in March 2021.
That fateful day began a years-long process of the Niners trying to build a roof for their team. The team already has a foundation: it was officially laid out in 2019, stress tested in 2020, and reinforced in 2021. In 2019 Energy Running was the first proof of concept for Kyle and John: a deep enough defensive line, a physical running game, and a competent QB that could power Kyle’s system… You can beat anyone who doesn’t have an elite moving midfielder.
Having lost to the Chiefs, the next two years were periods of destruction and creative development. Unfortunately, 2020 revealed major cracks in this foundation, as Jimmy’s main weakness – his availability – has caused the season to slip, and all the key pieces (today’s leaders) They had to dig deep into themselves through struggle When they were stuck in Arizona for the whole month of December.
Last year was all about filling in those cracks – the team got bigger and healthier as they rediscovered their core power running down the other team’s throat. All of this talk about Jimmy taking the team into the playoffs round last year misses the context that until Debo got the ball off the field, offense was faltering. The defences would fill in the seams and clear out running holes, and without the All-Pro handing over, it was just a schematic flaw every time Kyle ran the ball. Blessed with his delicate intermediate game, Jimmy can only do much against a defense designed to stop him. The team’s blocked brain trust can only do so much when numbers are directed against them.
This version of the 49ers is all we’ve known over the past few years. It’s good to get to the Super Bowl but not good enough to win everything.
The institution is not in doubt. We all know about the new and improved Front Seven, Star Assault Weapons, and the new and improved Secondary. We know less about the inner offensive line and less about the 22-year-old’s tip of the spear. It’s just enough to know that we can survive every game we play, but can we beat Josh Allens and Patrick Mahomes out of the league?
All the failures of 2020 have us in a position to craft such a refined possibility. All the “failures” of 2021 put us in a position to properly prepare the raw young midfielder. All the failures of 2022 will put Trey Lance in a position to deliver the biggest plays in the biggest game – creating a new level for us to enjoy.
This new level – a ceiling we strive to achieve – is uncharted territory for the San Francisco 49ers. I think the potential will be realized faster than everyone thinks. They will continue to reach this ideal, and in the act of jihad, they will discover more about themselves.
We’ve never seen Shanahan’s attack clash with a defense that respects a deep pass. We haven’t seen what it’s like when our fast and turbulent ocean runners get more space for a head full of life. The defender’s split-second hesitation or a two-foot hedge not to be burnt by the streak of Danny Gray or Brandon Aiyuk gives Trent Williams screwing up much more room to impose his will. The greatest attack power – veteran star blockers such as Trent and Juice and Kittle – will be enhanced.
The margin of error will be much wider as the hurdles are placed in more positions to achieve success, giving the ball carriers more room to turn two years into four. We don’t need Mitchell, Wilson Jr, Mason, or TDP Pro Bowl Running back to average over 4 yards for carry and grinding defenses, lulling them to sleep before burning them down the road.
You might say it all depends on Lance actually. It sure is, but even the threat of deep passes and lateral throws changes the way the defense plays. But yes, the point remains: Those deep passes, choppy plays, and side shots require a great deal of confidence to execute consistently, and that rhythm can only be built with a large number of in-game reps.
We’ll have no idea where this thing will go early in the season. The output will be all over the place, but the inputs – hopefully – remain the same, confident that growth is non-linear and that there will be breakthroughs waiting at the end of the plateaus. This may happen gradually and then all at once. Those sloppy games in September and October will be necessary so that they are all clicked in December and January.
I am sure that will happen. I’m not an expert in movies or an expert in QB mechanics, so my confidence is based on Lance’s character and leadership. He is a unique personality in a unique locker room culture, and the combination of his leadership ability and the psychological makeup of this team will feed off of each other.
Football is a sport to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies while sacrificing complete confidence in your teammates for cohesion. In his Hall of Fame speech, Bryant Young talked about how to do it “Allowing someone to hold my hand is as important as extending their hand.” And that knit fabric beneath the team’s locker room needs the right touch from its captains.
It’s an incredible mental balancing act that requires a smart touch.
From OTAs during pre-season, we learned that Trey Lance understood the mission.
he is He personally texted all the newbies when they were draftedand welcome them to the team. choose that Living with his receivers in Newport Beach Instead of literally doing what the hell you want when you turn 22, making you almost ten million a year. After his first touchdown in the NFL, he Run to get the ball for Brock Purdy and Danny Gray.
These are actions, not words, that reflect his character. As the season progressed from those unofficial matches against Chicago and Seattle and through the Chiefs-Rams-chargers Mitten, we know there will be an ordeal. I’m interested in seeing that special part of his leadership emerge in these circumstances because I know these circumstances will get him out of it.
When Lance went to all the Warriors games for his birthday, Earned a front row seat to North America’s largest all-sport driving show. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green talk about how important it is to do all the scrutiny, attention, and pressure so that others can do their job, as leaders in the face of privilege. They’ll catch all the heat, so players like Wiggins, Looney, Paul, Payton II, and Porter Jr. can go their own way.
“I think accountability is important in anything, not just basketball. You have to accept your role in things…or none of this works.”
Draymond Green talks about accountability and being a leader.
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Lance will need to do the same, so that his young offensive line can be on the same page, so that recipients and running backs can focus on directing their paths, so the defense can hold together and move with key young players like Kinlaw, Drake Jackson, Huvanaga, Womack, Mosley On their own travels (some are obviously farther than most).
This is another important thing I’m looking for this season: there is a group of young players who can make that leap that the ‘elite’ players are already involved in. We know guys like Bossa and Warner can carry the team – but what about Brandon Aiyuk? How about Javon Kinlaw? What about our inexperienced underwear workers?
Once again, this is where Lance’s kindness plays a big role. This is a team particularly suited to this style of leadership. The whole identity of this team revolves around getting closer through adversity.
On an individual level, every major player has had to go through something very difficult in his career. Trent Williams had cancer. Nick Bossa tore the AFC Champions League. Javon Kinlaw and Mike McClinchy spent more time together rehabilitating their injuries than their partners likely saw. Deebo struggled to stay in shape, Aiyuk struggled to get out of the kennel, Warner struggled to get out of his head, and Jimmie Ward struggled to get his due.
This is exactly what we know from the outside. We have enough information to know that this is not an emotionally unintelligent team. They’re some of the toughest softbois on the planet, and Lance comes with the rare double threat of being cute and confident. These are rare groups. The fit is so uncommonly good that when I wonder if Lance would actually find his tempo and zone enough to hit the occasional explosive play, and do enough for us to win… I come back to, ‘How couldn’t he?’ The talent is clearly in him. We’ve seen him do that at NFL games…the ability is in his body. You can’t tell that about 20 or so players started as quarterbacks in this league.
But when people talk about being in the best shape possible, it’s not just a proper list, blueprint, or training. It’s a culture fit, a fit personality, an emotional fit that can bring out the best in everyone. Trey is the most versatile and influential factor in all of this (hence the most interesting), and I don’t see how he plays with these guys (which we feel) that we know so well doesn’t improve his flow state It is enough To reach the peak several times in the game.
I love how this quote can be applied to professional soccer just as much as when folding laundry (enough with a laundry chair!), answering an email at work, or getting links for Golden Nuggets. Every day for the past year or more, I’ve read every piece of news related to the 49ers to find out what’s relevant for the Daily Link article. At this point, I can almost predict the cycles of media outrage. Nobody has any idea how all this happened, which gives plenty of room for people to fill in their preconceptions. It’s really just a concern of not having any control over this hugely influential but totally ambiguous thing.
So when people write articles or go on the radio trying to predict which game will be the end of Lance’s leash – will they be sued if he loses to the Hawks? rams? The dolphins? – They don’t do it illogically. It’s a proper coping mechanism, even if it’s exaggerated when we start discussing what it means to be an NFL captain.
But at this point, it’s time. It’s time to make the landing. A full season as a backup, a complete bootcamp and pre-season – whether now or ever.
We’ve waited for 10AM PDT on September 11, 2022 for a very long time. Beyond the endless season, where we had to get distracted with Lance Roasting Ayok Roasting Marshmallows in Orange County during Javon Kinlaw scolds this community’s favorite media person. After the dramatic 2021 draft and the fateful day in March when they traded, and those multiple days in 2020 where everything was on fire.
We’ve been waiting for this day since Jimmy knocked out Emmanuel Sanders in the Super Bowl. Finally, clear eyes, full hearts, we got a ring from Josh Allen back in February. This team will outpace conventional wisdom coverage, shock the world, and possibly bully Lance into cutting his hair.
Whatever situation they find themselves in mid-season, we know they have the ability to come together when it counts. And even through the more rocky parts, we Niners fans are our bliss “Watch one of life’s greatest case studies,” in the words of Steve Young. Tre Lance’s life is about to change, and so is ours. It’s been a long time coming. Whatever happens, we will deserve it.