The 49ers should head to the offseason feeling better than they did last offseason. Here is a breakdown.
QB: (Better) The team has an undisputed starting QB in Alex Smith heading to the offseason, that was not the case last season.
RB: (Slightly Better) Frank Gore is still Frank Gore. Glen Coffee should be a solid backup next season. Last season there wasn’t a solid backup RB.
FB: (Slightly Better) Norris is still considered a good option in a 2 back formation. Last season, the team had Kearsey, who did not fit in the power running scheme
TE: (Better) Vernon Davis is now the starting TE in the pro bowl. He has progress from a very good player to an all-rounded franchise player.
WR: (Significantly Better) With Michael Crabtree and the growth of Josh Morgan, as well as backup in Jason Hill and Brandon Jones, the receiving corp has significantly improved.
OL: (Worse) RT remains to be the weakness. The team also has to replace Bass, who I officially call him a bust. I had hope for Bass last season.
ST: (Worse) Joe Nedney, Andy Lee, and Brian Jennings continue to be solid if not great. The return spot is worse than last season as the team simply don’t have anyone who can field punts.
NT: (Significantly Better) Aubrayo Franklin has gone from a player who fans wants to get rid of to a franchise player
DE: (Better) Justin Smith is still Justin Smith. The 49ers fans must be feeling more confident that Sopoaga and Balmer can get the job done.
ILB: (Same) Nothing changed for Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes
OLB: (Slightly Better) Haralson was the hope but has been disappointed. Heading to this offseason Ahmd Brooks is the hope for better pass rush. You have to think that the trio (Brooks, Haralson, and Lawson) can get a decent pass rush.
CB: (Worse) Shawntee Spencer rises, Clements falls, overall it is getter worse as Harris and Bly are free agent and expected to leave the team and I still doubt Spencer’s ability to stay healthy.
S: (Better) Dashon Goldson will only get better next season, and he is already an upgrade over Mark Roman. Michael Lewis remains to be Michael Lewis.
Coach (Worse): Mike Singletary had magic heading to last offseason, he no longer has that.
[ Edited by littleken on Jan 4, 2010 at 12:19 AM ]