A "D" grade at best. Much of the grade I will attribute to his work with Nolan, and say that he had enough influence to be culpable for many of the bad player personnel moves.
The team has certainly improved its' talent level, but also had unprecedented cap money to play with since 2007. We have added two premium free agents: Nate Clements (who has not been selected to the Pro-Bowl since coming to the 49ers, and has not been worth the huge contract), and Justin Smith (who has been very good this year, but plays at position of moderate impact...compared to QB, WR, etc). Some of the other acquisitions have been decent to good (Allen, Harris, M. Lewis, Franklin, Bly, Norris, S. Hill), and others have been abominable (Jennings, M. Smith, O'Sullivan, D. Jackson).
My fault with Scot is in the draft. The Niners hit gold with Willis and Gore, and....no one else. Meanwhile, the team is littered with players who have busted, are on the road to bust, or may still bust (I'll wait to see how V. Davis finishes the year).
There have been some decent value picks: Staley, Goldson, Morgan.
But the rest: Yikes!!! Just look at the 2008 draft, as an example, with the first four selections:
Balmer, Rachal, Smith, Wallace. The fifth rounder was lost due to tampering with the Bears.
I went back to the 2008 draft folder to see who I had on the board when the Niners' selected. My value board for the 2008 draft with the Niners on the clock was: Donnie Avery, Tracy Porter, Andre Caldwell, John Sullivan.
Which group of four players would you have selected?
The draft is an inact science, and GM's are going to miss on players. It happens to the very best. But, the amount of players making very little impact is frightening, and that is why I have been calling for his head for some time now.
P.S. The Glen Coffee pick still mystifies me. The team has massive problems with the OL, and can use a starter with a top 75 pick. Instead, the team drafts a backup RB. Think the team could use a Louis Vasquez in the future?
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Oct 18, 2009 at 11:04 AM ]