Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
B, Good to great backups, no significant improvement over last year's starters.
lol the draft isnt about upgrading starters immediately, unless youre terrible.
We wouldve needed some early 1st round picks to upgrade starters.
The OP referred to free agency and
the draft. But to say drafting starters is only for terrible teams is an excuse. Harbaugh's motto is if you're not improving everyday, your getting worse.
I gave a "B" to the off-season, reflecting that getting starters is difficult but not impossible for a stacked team. A stacked team can afford to use a starter (like Ray McDonald) from the previous year in trade (along with its 11 selections). Watkins would have made a difference that all the other picks most probably will not come as close in ensuring.
I'm most discouraged that the FO has reasserted the team's offense will be principally a power running team. This has obvious advantages and high success. But it is also limiting. There will be games when the run game will not be enough. When the team will need to put up high scores. Without the personnel or the reps in practice and games, high scores will be less easy to attain. Also, power run games often make for smaller margins of victory, lending to freak plays causing losses.
Yeah, a "B."