AZ QB: Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Brian St. Pierre
SF QB: S. Hill, A. Smith, D. Huard & N. Davis
Call-AZ: Warner without question. Makes you wonder how things would’ve gone had Warner gone to SF. The only good thing about the Niners’ QB situation is that there is huge dropoff in play if Warner is injured this season, while in SF any dropoff would not be so great.
AZ WR: Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Jerhame Urban, Early Doucet, Sean Morey
SF WR: I. Bruce, J. Morgan, B. Jones, A. Battle, M. Crabtree
Call-AZ: Not even close, I actually think that Breaston would be our no. 1. Now ask yourself if Urban or Doucet would be our no. 2? Ouch.
AZ RB: Tim Hightower, Chris Wells, Jason Wright, Dan Kreider, Tim Castille, Justin Green
SF RB: F. Gore, G. Coffee, K. Sheets, M. Norris, M. Robinson
Call-SF: I’ll take Gore or Coffee over Hightower/Wells. Beanie Wells is an unknown commodity and a good rookie year would help balance AZ on offense. Some fans love Moran, but what he has done lately? Robinson is only on the team b/c he is a good special teamer.
AZ TE: Leonard Pope, Anthony Becht, Stephen Spach
SF TE: V. Davis, D. Walker & J.J. Finley
Call-SF: Vernon Davis’ worse offensive year is still better than Pope’s best. Davis is still SF’s second best tackle.
AZ OTs: Mike Gandy, Levi Brown, Brandon Keith, Elliot Vallejo
SF OTs: J. Staley, A. Snyder, A. Boone, B. Sims
Call-AZ: Staley is a very good tackle, but Gandy and Levi Brown are a respectable pair of tackles. A great year from Snyder might tip the balance to a wash.
AZ Interior line: Reggie Wells, Deuce Lutui, Elton Brown, Herman Johnson, Ben Claxton, Trevor Canfield, Lyle Sendlein, Donovan Raiola
SF Interior line: D. Baas, E. Heitmann, C. Rachal, T. Wragge & C. Wallace.
Call-tie: Rachal and Heitmann are a good tandem but Baas needs to show up at the other guard position. Wells and Lutui have been extremely consistent for the last 2-3 years for Arizona.
It is obvious that Arizona will have a far better offense than the Niners this year. Warner is a much better QB than Hill and that makes a world of difference in the final two minutes of any game. Gore is awesome, but when teams starting loading the box, will Hill be able to connect to Davis and Morgan to the extent that teams backoff the run? Noone knows how good Raye's offensive playcalling will be.
Against the Cardinals’ offense, the Niners’ D will sure have its hands full. I actually believe that our pass rush will be much worse this year than last year. Sure, SF can scheme, blitz corners & OLBs once the season starts, but Warner and their elite offense will be prepared to adjust to any trickery.
Longer term, the Niners have to add a quality RT and QB (assuming Hill isn’t the answer) in order to have a respectable offense.
-AZ depth chart from Scout.com (old but good chart) Scout.com
-SF depth chart is my own.
[ Edited by Esco on Sep 1, 2009 at 14:50:10 ]