Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by smileyman:
Originally posted by susweel:
Your argument holds no merit. Colts are probably the best team in the league so many there backups are better then many of our starters.
Smileyman, your argument is only a starting point. To prove it you would have to go down the line of both teams and see who was drafted and who manned the position ahead of them. For instance, who did Staley really have to complete with? Snyder?...lol Baas, our "starter", didn't even beat Smiley and he didn't really beat out Wragge until Wragge stunk it up. The fact that he is a starter on a crap line doesn't mean he was a good pick. Again, I'm not saying your flat out wrong, but it's only a starting point and doesn't really prove anything.
All right let's do that then.
Kevin Hayden replaced Jacob Lacey who had 85 tackles, 13 PD, 3 INTs this year. The only reason Hayden got moved into the starting role was because Lacey was hurt. Hayden recorded 50 tackles, 5 PD, and 1 INT this year in 9 games.
Joseph Addai replaced Dominic Rhodes at RB. Rhodes was not a good RB. His biggest rushing season was 641 yards.
Antoine Bethea replaced Bob Sanders who's very good when he's healthy
Charlie Johnson replaced Tarik Glenn who was old and retired after Johnson came into the league. He was a solid LT, but not special. He only made it to one Pro-Bowl in 10 years.
Jerraud Powers replaced Tim Jennings who was nothing special. (66 tackles in 2008, 10 PD, 2 INTs)
Clint Session replaced Cato June who left for Tampa Bay via free agency. There was no competition for his starting spot.
So Hayden replaced a very good DB, Addai replaced a poor RB, Bethea replaced a good (but often injured) safety, Powers replaced an average DB, Sessions filled an empty roster spot.
Now for the Niners
Alex Smith replaced Shaun Hill who replaced JT O'Sullivan. An average QB replaced a poor QB.
Baas replaced Eric Heitmann who's a pretty good lineman.
Frank Gore replaced Kevan Barlow who was average
Snyder replaced Scott Gragg who was at the tail end of his career
Davis replaced Bajema who wasn't all that good.
Lawson replaced Peterson who left via free agency
Haralson replaced Ulbrich who was a very solid LB
Robinson is a starter on special teams
Willis replaced Derek Smith who was a very good LB
Staley replaced Kwame Harris who was very, very bad.
Dashon Goldson replaced our safety by committee approach
Josh Morgan replaced Isaac Bruce who had a pretty good year in 2008
Rachal replaced Smiley who left via free agency
Crabtree took over a WR spot that was done by rotation.
So there's some truth that the Niners have had worse players replaced, but every single one of the starters have been upgrades over their previous players. In 2005 the 49ers were 4-12. We were 8-8 this year and missed the playoffs by a hair (really three or four plays difference and we would be NFC West champions). To say that McC is a poor drafter is just not true.
If you want to say that he doesn't do well in free agency then I'd be behind that idea.