I'm not as positive about this team as I was at the end of last season, but all things considered, I'm pretty positive. I think we're going in the right direction in very tangible ways.
For the last few years there were a lot of mirages in the desert that led us to believe we were going to be improved. Nolan's confidence and the general change of attitude that occurred when he took over and the roster was reshaped gave a lot of us reason to believe that we could make big jumps quickly.
That proved false.
But something we should acknowledge is that this team is much, much better than it was several years ago. We have several bona-fide superstars and interesting potential at nearly every position, where before we had nothing. Our recent infatuations with guys like Nate Davis, Diyral Briggs, and Kory Sheets don't say to me that we're grasping at straws, but the future is bright for the 49ers.
I think this offseason has been very promising for the future, with draft picks like Coffee, Davis, McKillop, RJF, and pickups like Briggs and Sheets, the emergence of guys like Reggie Smith and Kentwan Balmer (come on, admit it: he's made some plays this preseason!), so while people say we didn't address our needs well enough this offseason, I think we'll look back on this year and say that it was one where we greatly improved the team, if not for right now, today, then for the near future.
I think that Singletary, for all his inexperience, is a great step for the franchise. Nolan set the table for the attitude change and for a new philosophy, and Sing will put that attitude into work. McCloughan is still a little green, perhaps, but I think he's been very good at picking guys in the late rounds, and he's drafts are going to get better and better.
Those are my positive thoughts fon the Niners this year. Flame on you negative nelly's, but I'm excited to see our team and I'm excited for the future.