Originally posted by NCommand:
And THIS is why you draft that 6'7" playmaking TE in "our" offense. In our offense this TE's (pick and/or VD) can line up at the LOS, in the backfield in the Q or even out wide as a WR. With two dynamic TE's the options are limitless.
And let's be honest here...we're not going to a spread offense anytime soon. Boldin will eat up a lot of passes Walker would have gotten this year and Crabtree will always get his. And let's not forget in our offense, Gore/James/Hunter will be huge factors in getting the ball. We're nowhere close to a traditional (Falcons-style) offense where we have two or three dominant WR's. We'll have one or two dominant WR's with a dominant TE (or two) and a dominant run game.
So in short, I think our TE pick (and the development of Jenkins/Manningham/Williams in the slot) IS our WR pick this year. And don't forget about FA...we've picked up key players in FA such as Manningham, Boldin, Lockette, Moore, etc. easily over the past two years. We are a team FA's want to play for now!
PS: I think the FO believed they should not have passed on Fleener last year, IMHO, esp. since Walker left recently. I don't think they'll make that same "mistake" (for lack of a better term) this year!
Once again, not saying your points are not valid. No doubt Boldin would eat up some of the passes for Delanie, but not all. Cos if you think about it from a headcount standpoint, he is only replacing Randy Moss. I am fine with the slot, but more importantly we just don't have that legit deep threat wideout that we badly need. Randy Moss was supposed to be that guy, but unfortunately he never quite lived up to it. Besdies, I took 2 more factors into considerations :
1) Other teams have added onto their already explosive offense as well such as the Falcons with Steven Jackson, Seahawks with Percy Harvin for example which could mean our O might have to work even harder to keep up with the scoring
2) What if we suffer injuries again ? Last year we had 2 guys going down.
Well, ultimately the core of my rationale is build upon the following :
- We must "win now" given current star nucleus aging
- "Defense doesn't win championships" anymore
-----> That all points to placing a slight emphasis on the offensive side of the ball to ensure Kaep has ALL the weapons to get it done. When you have an extreme goal like that, namely "to win the Super Bowl NOW", it will have certain implications in the way we approach the draft. It could demand a slightly more tactical as opposed to strategic approach to answer to such a specific objective.
I understand common sense says fix the defense to field a more balanced roster. I am not disputing that. But, to win the Super Bowl, there are arguably different ways of going about it. You have to ask yourself, is by focusing the draft on your D the BEST solution for this challenge ? Personally, I would argue not. I just believe we need to further build our offense to a point whereby it can overwhelm and dominate our opponents. A couple more weapons could just make that difference. Afterall, I am not saying not to draft on the defensive side of the ball at all. But, does it really have to be a top pick for a DE when all we are doing is adding depth behind Justin Smith ? Whereas for the O, we are in fact drafting to fill actual voids left by Delanie and Moss.
Anyway, it doesn't really matter. All I am doing is trying to offer my formula in what I believe will give us the best chance to win the Super Bowl. Do I think Baalke and Harbaugh will be that bold and single-minded in 100% honing in for a Super Bowl win by going all out in drafting on the offensive side of the ball with the top 2 picks ? May be not. I have written enough on the subject already. Different people will have a different point of view, if you are still not sold on my rationale, I guess you will never be. Let's just say I respectfully agree to disagree.