With the Arizona Cardinals taking on the San Francisco 49ers for the second and final time of 2017, we have a bit of a longer question and answer process with Niners Nation.
It gives us a chance to see what is going on in the Bay Area, with the fans and the feeling of the team.
Today, we take a look at the fanbase, and how one trade can re-energize, even an 0-8 team.
0-8 is tough, no matter if a new staff is in house or not. How's the moral of the fanbase overall?
Before Monday, most fans were a little demoralized, but also relatively understanding of the rebuilding process. Even at 0-8, most everybody was looking ahead to the offseason. The 49ers have a ton of cap space and a bunch of draft picks, including what will likely be the second or third overall pick. This was a necessary speed bump in the process.
And then the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo. There are some people who think he is just the second coming of Matt Cassel. They seem him as just another eventual ex-Patriots failure. However, a sizable majority of 49ers fans are extremely excited. The 49ers have struggled for years to find their long-term answer at quarterback. Colin Kaepernick looked great in 2012 and 2013, but things went south from there. Before that, they drafted Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005. He showed signs of life in 2011 and 2012, but they ended up trading him and going with Kaepernick. That didn't work out so well.
At this point, fans are generally pretty excited. Wins would be nice, but with a potential long-term answer at quarterback, I think most people are pretty comfortable with where things stand.