Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:I think Harbaugh's MO is to "get better." IMO, he and Baalke will keep the most financially viable and productive players as possible. They then will look to upgrade at a few spots and plug some holes elsewhere. I don't think they'll "ride the wave."
Love the idea of trading back and accumulating picks, which bring up a really interesting question. If/when we win it all, does that change how we go about things in the off-season? In other words, after winning a championship, is it smarter to let some of your key free agents walk (Rogers, Brooks, Morgan, Ginn to be specific) and develop younger/cheaper players as a more sustained, longer-term approach to winning? Or do you try and keep your current roster in tact as much as possible, open up the checkbook for your current veterans and ride this wave?
Maybe it's a blending of the two, I don't know, but after we get our 6th ring in a few weeks, we'll all find out.
Btw, Pellerin is my favorite prospect here, though I think he's going to move up the boards come April. I like Dwight Jones, but I think we need someone who not only has size, but can also threaten downfield (especially if we resign Morgan)....IMO, guys like Tommy Streeter, Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle are more viable in that area.
Should the Niners with the SB, everyone will come hunting for them next year. Also, with the slew of top QBs they'll face next year, they'll have to get better to even remain level.
When I said "ride the wave," I didn't mean to just float by and not try and get better, I meant ride the success of this current core group of players. It's more of a philosophical question of HOW do you get better? Keep most of this roster in tact as much as possible knowing that approach is more costly (but probably more conducive to repeat playoff appearances)? Or do you keep only selected components (Alex Smith, Dashon Goldson with the franchise tag, cheaper guys like Castonzo, Spillman, etc.), let the relatively higher priced free agents walk (Rogers, Morgan, Brooks, Snyder, etc.) and put in place a framework where every year, you can plug in draftees/cheaper veterans?
I personally think we'll go the latter route and not invest too heavily in high-priced free agents, and only re-sign a select few of our own.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM ]