Since the draft is over and our roster has become more clear I have found that I am more pumped about this team than any 9er team in the last decade.
The OL is FINALLY fixed
The return game is fixed
I love the addition of Laboy, I think it's the right call to show some confidence in the guys we have. We didn't need to add a 1st or 2nd round passrusher adding Laboy a high energy, young OLB is a nice addition to Brooks, Lawson, Haralson.
We have added some nice depth at RB, ILB (N.Bowman is a bad man beast ILB core for the next decade!), OLB, WR, TE, S, QB (Carr is good #2 if Smith works out as #1)
Now we may still have some needs here and there (CB, FB, reserve NT) but what team doesn't? I don't think the needs there are that gaping Clements returns at CB, Payman is an upgrade over Hudson and I think Bly and or Harris will be brought back as well. And this team will likely make another move or 2 before TC.
I feel very good about this offseason and the way the team has added some young, tough long term starters is Davis/Iutapi/Mays a long term answer at RS in Ginn. Alot of speed with Ginn/Wiliams/Vann. The team was close last year couple that with familiarity with the offensive scheme FINALLY our additions plus the healthy returns of LT Staley and CB Clements and this team is ready to make a move!
Baalke has done a nice job thus far, in order to make it a great start he needs to get Willis, V.Davis, Goldston, Franklin extended long term, and give guys like Lawson, Morgan 2-4 year deals just as he did Brooks. Sign all our draft picks on time for TC.
Finally I believe the team needs to hire Jerry Rice and Steve Young. Both have expressed interest in working with our young stars and why the F not? We hired Tom Rathman and Ray Brown which I love BTW. We brought Dwight Clark back to work on the business side of the organization.
I say Hire Rice as the WR coach and either fire Sullivan or put him in a quality control role or something. Hire Young as either the assistant QB coach or a special offensive assistant or something. I also think we need to go ahead and promote Mike Johnson to assitant OC so he can get ready to take over for Raye in a couple years.
Sorry for the length, thoughts?
[ Edited by matt49er on Apr 25, 2010 at 14:07:59 ]