Well the early expectations of a few Niner wins is not happening. We now know the talent is not there and some of the talent that existed has been released or marginalized in the effort to put younger players front and center for evaluation by the coaches and front office. Although the Niners have been close in a few games they have been unable to close the deal. Moreover the Cowboys game was an out-and-out disaster.
Where do the Niners go from here? Since respectability this year is slowly slipping into the sunset it might be best to start players that have a chance to be on the roster down the road. The Niners should try to trade any player that will not likely be on the team in 2019 – 2010 to give get some prospects or future draft choices albeit they will likely be low round choices (4th – 6th round). Under this scenario Staley, Hyde, Hoyer, Reid and Garcon should be shopped around the league while they have some remaining value.
Trading these players will further degrade the 2017 team but will give valuable experience to younger players and will allow coaches and personnel staff to evaluate who should stay and who they need to replace in the upcoming drafts and through free agency.