San Francisco’s quarterback scenario is why they need to commerce Deebo Samuel


Jimmy Garoppolo (l.) and Deebo Samuel

Jimmy Garoppolo (l.) and Deebo Samuel
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Let’s be sincere, the one approach the 49ers get to a Tremendous Bowl subsequent season is that if their protection stays wholesome and Deebo Samuel has one other MVP-type season. And the one approach he does that’s if he stays wholesome whereas getting used like a pee wee workforce’s finest participant. He’s the reply to the query, “What are we going to do, coach?”

Nobody is aware of the rationale for his commerce request, and he made that clear in tweets.

When the information first hit, DJ Dunson of Deadspin questioned if his function was the rationale why he needs out. Lining up at working again takes years off careers like delivering pizzas accelerates the lifespan of your white drop-top 1989 Olds Cutlass with maroon inside and a roll bar that also exhibits up in desires.

Proper now, after a superb season, San Francisco GM John Lynch “can’t envision” a scenario wherein the groups trades its finest offensive participant. He’ll undoubtedly be capable of conjure up a situation in a pair years when Samuel’s physique breaks down, as a result of the 49ers don’t have a quarterback who’s but able to spreading across the workload.

Trading your best asset at the peak of his value to reup your infrastructure isn’t the worst idea, especially when he was hurt two years ago and teams are offering a first and bunch of other picks. The best bet to ensure that Samuel’s 2020 injury-riddled season was an outlier would be to avoid grinding him into the dirt. The 49ers can’t simultaneously compete and load manage Samuel in a stacked division and conference.

He had 1,700-plus yards from scrimmage with 365 coming on the ground in 2021. Of his 1,405 receiving yards, 779 came after the catch. Technically, he gained more than 1,000 yards with the ball in his hands. At 184 yards after contact, he was the only non-QB or running back in the top 100 in that category, per Professional Soccer Reference. (Cordarelle Patterson had extra, however not like Samuel, you possibly can play him at working again in fantasy soccer so I’m not counting him.)

The workforce says its aim is a Tremendous Bowl, and that’s cool as a result of they’re proficient sufficient. That stated, the window to win a title and not using a nice quarterback can shut at random prefer it did in 2020, when San Francisco was devastated by accidents. I discover the QB obsession nauseating; nevertheless, it’s justified as a result of they will masks deficiencies like a ability place participant or a lineman lacking a sport with a strained hammy. Samuel can do all the things however that.

After all Lynch isn’t concerned with shifting off of his star participant as a result of he’s as near a one man present as a non-quarterback can get. He’s insurance coverage for the group’s dilemma beneath heart.

There haven’t been any takers on Jimmy Garoppolo, who had shoulder surgical procedure within the offseason, however no matter whether or not Jimmy G or Trey Lance begins within the fall, there’s not a Madden simulation on Earth the place the workforce reaches the Tremendous Bowl and not using a herculean effort out of Samuel. George Kittle handled nagging accidents final 12 months, was outright injured the 12 months earlier than, and the bodily approach he performs invitations punishment. And their working backs are as injured as they’re coveted.

I perceive the agony of Niners’ followers as a result of No. 19 is the offense, and a participant gifted sufficient to try this on the NFL degree is extraordinarily particular. It’s additionally exceedingly uncommon to persistently pull that off and nearly unparalleled from a large receiver. We additionally haven’t come throughout a ton of fellows who can take over a sport from that place with out an elite (*heavy sigh*) quarterback, so he stands out for that cause, as effectively. We may see extra of it with how offenses are evolving — Atlanta’s Artwork Smith lastly tapping Patterson’s potential is an instance to a vastly lesser diploma.

San Francisco may discover an approximation to Samuel within the first spherical of this draft, and though Treylon Burks could also be a bootleg model, he’s cheaper and never fuming for causes that stay unclear. The 49ers are maybe the perfect workforce within the NFL at contending regardless of a suboptimal quarterback, however till they’re now not reliant on a working sport and the perfect gimmicks Jimmy G or Trey Lance can execute, they’ll want a pipeline of sturdy, proficient ability gamers who’re keen to take a beating and are available at a non-crippling worth.

The query isn’t if San Francisco can vie for a title with Samuel, we all know they will. It’s how lengthy can the 49ers vie for a title when its highest paid place participant isn’t a working again however takes hits like one.

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