The 49ers have been on the cusp of greatness for 3 straight seasons. Last year, they had the talent to win it all, but fell short because of one ill-advised throw. Offensively, the 49ers have the tools to get it done. The defense however is lacking. The shadows cast by a few bonafide defensive stars is why this fact has gone unnoticed by fans. But we only have to look as far as the Seahawks to find the blueprint for success.
I can safely say that the 49ers have a more impressive offence than the Seahawks, even with a healthy Percy Harvin. Crabs, VD and Boldin form a passing nucleus that ranks among the NFL's best. Patton and McDonald will make strides in their 2nd season and Patton in particular is a player I believe has 1000 yard potential. We also have a hungry Lattimore champing at the bit to go along with a very good offensive line. Again, I think we are fine on offence with room to grow.
Defensively, there are holes. By design, the 49ers have a very good pass rush. However, getting to the QB with regularity is a tall order in the NFL. Ideally, you want to sack the QB on every play, but obviously this is difficult to do. So who needs to step up when the rush doesn't get to the QB? The Secondary! Guys like Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and the Legion of Boom get it done! The prospect of losing Whitner (which is a blessing in disguise), Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers (also a blessing) is alarming, especially when you consider who is in line to start if none of them are re-signed. We're talking about Darryl Morris, Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Chris Culliver and Tremaine Brock. These players are good, but will never be Pro Bowlers.
The 49ers pride themselves on having good depth at almost every position, yet the secondary has been neglected in terms of draft picks. It's time to end this trend! Draft a DB in the 1st round, simply because it is our most pressing need!
Also, the WR class this year is DEEP. There are diamonds in the rough in the 2nd and 3rd rounds!
[ Edited by doc_brown_ on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM ]