Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Hey, ZRF, GM, 9-4-9, Sus, it is great to hear from all you guys. Just a question:
Going into the draft and FA we desperately needed a starting OT, a passrushing fool at OLB, at least one starting DT/ NT/DE. Okay, we just signed an OL , a huge improvement over sims and marvel. Question is, what in the world did we do with the rest of the draft and FA (Haynesworth)?
Is it just me or did we really go into the draft/FA, and really and truly improve this team only by heralded WR we didn't need and can't sign, plus an OL we just signed last nite, plus a back up running back? If those were the high points of our draft/ FA, then we truly and dutifully are screwed. Is that really what happened as far as improving our team? Or am i overlooking something? If the Steelers or Pats had a draft like that, they would be out slashing their throats out of sheer embarrassment. I don't understand how jedi jed could possibly ignore something as egregious as that. True he knows nothing, but surely he can see how we didn't improve on virtually anything we needed. I know GM, Mad Dog, to name a few , could write a laundry list of what we needed and what we didn't get.
Oh, and as for drafting BPA, it may be a great strategy somewhere, but it certainly is no friend of ours.
I think Haynesworth was asking for too much money. However, there were some other restricted prospects out there. I think when a player "falls" to us, we needed to do our homework. It could be true that Crabtree could have been a great signable prospect, but everything I've read says the 49ers were caught off guard, in addition Singletary was getting recommendations from Deion Sanders. The problem is McCloughan had already signed Brandon Jones and we still didn't know if Bruce was going to return. However, we still had Hill, Battle, Morgan etc. on the roster.
My issue is that we knew what we were before the draft with Hill at QB. We've known historically this team has had problems rushing the passer and pass-protection. And Singletary said "I want to run the ball" but in order for that philosophy to work, the defense must get the opposing team's offense off the field because running games are designed to control time.
You can't do that without a pass-rush.
People ask the question "well who was available" - I can't answer that question because I don't have a scouting team at every major college program nor do I scout every prospect in the NFL, but it's been glaringly obvious of the past few seasons, the 49ers have had few "diamonds-in-the-rough" become stars. Gore comes to mind, but on defense, outside of Parys Haralson who isn't a "star", it's been pretty slim pickings.
We paid $80 to a CB and another huge sume to Justin Smith, both who marginally helped the defense. Trade draft picks, work deals, etc. It seams like the 49ers ability to wheel and deal in the NFL suddenly has become stories you tell your kids...
I think we've been overly worried about WRs. If a QB has enough time, he can get the ball reliably to the receivers we had before we signed Jones. The issue is priorities; you may have to shell out some money and do your homework on OL prospects and bring them in. We've been using Davis as a extra OT/OG to help bock during passing. Well of course he'll never develop into a pass-catching TE because be "blocks so well" should be an asset to the versatility of the offensive game, not a necessity. The fact that Davis is one of the better OVERALL blockers on the team should speak volumes about the talent on the OL.
Same can be said for the defensive line. No one can tell me Isaac Soap has been worth that extended contract. We didn't want to lose him because "no one could replace him". Whatever. All of this makes me doubt the talent evaluations and development process because it KEEPS happening.
You shouldn't be putting together your starting OL in September. I know Smith "suddenly" retired, but when can you think of a time where the OL was ready, cohesive and good to go in week 1 for the 49ers with no question-marks, no issues, no drama? You can't - at least not for the past 6 or 7 seasons. Sure, the run blocking is going to be there, but you can't rack-up 300 yards rushing every game and score 21 points RUNNING. The 49ers like every team needs balance and you don't achieve that putting your staring OL together 6 days before you play.
It's not sexy and it won't win the love from the street initially, but as a GM, I would focus on the trenches so when I do select my franchise QB, he's not thrown to the wolves, loses his confidence and ends up like Alex Smith.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Sep 7, 2009 at 16:06:34 ]