This post is like an article...long. I just don't have the ability to page it. I hope you are patient enough to read it. (Seriously, what else are you here at the Zone but to find something worth reading, right?). It is a bit long, but I will cut the paragraphs shorter. If need be, take a break between the "Thank Yous"...lol.
Thank you, Dr. John York!!!!!!
Whoa, Tico. Turkey again? Nah, just hear me out...
Jed York's father made the decision to place his son into the role of owner and its only paying huge dividends each time a part of our glorious past comes back to assist this team in anyway they can to become World Champions again. Jed, in a short amount of time, leads the charge on the NFL field. From the top, he exudes his mission upon the organization, the personnel division, the team, and administration... all go hand in hand.
Now, Jed's goal of a SuperBowl comes from so many different fronts. A stadium proposal finally heads the top of his list where his uncle, our beloved Eddie D., offered his services to help his nephew, keeping it in the family:
"Former owner Eddie DeBartolo said it does not matter where the 49ers wish for a new stadium to be built, as long as it’s in the Bay Area. He said he plans to assist in the 49ers’ stadium campaign in Santa Clara. He recently offered his services to his nephew, 49ers president Jed York.
'I watch them every week,” DeBartolo answered when asked how closely he follows the 49ers. “I talk to Jed, and I’m keeping tabs on the referendum. Actually I just told Jed no more than 45 minutes ago that I’d be happy to come out and help them any way I can. I guess I’ll do that in May sometime.'"--Yahoo.com, Team Report
Doesn't that feel good? Seriously, how many times during the John York debacle we wish for the past to save us? Well, this is but one example of that glorious past smiling on this new management. Here's another.
Steve Young and Jerry Rice both said they want to help this team where Steve already stated he's going to call Alex this offseason. Whoa! Steve is perfect for this as his passion and love for the game will certainly rub off on Alex. The other thing is that Steve has been itching to get back some how. This is HIS opportunity, too:
"Former 49ers Steve Young and Jerry Rice(notes) said they would be more than willing to share their knowledge with the players of today. In fact, Young said he planned to call quarterback Alex Smith in the offseason to see if he can be of any assistance.
Young did not become the 49ers’ starter until he was 30 years old. He knows better than anyone about the process it can take for a quarterback to be successful. Smith turns 26 in May."--Yahoo.com, Team Notes
These three men are just the start. Now we have two former players as coaches in Rathman and Brown especially Brown because we fans have endured the agony of watching poor OL play for some time. He and Solari can make huge improvements on this line while taking one or two rooks under their wing to mold for the future, or even next season.
The past is finally here, knocking on the door saying, "Can we help?" Some are on our staff. Some are wanting to volunteer. Some just want to get back in the game with their love for our team. We couldn't be more blessed this off-season. If Jerry and Steve come back, what about Ronnie, too? They all still have strong roots in SF.
Those roots will only solidify the foundation that Jed created as soon as he took over as Owner/CEO. He again is the reason why we are moving in this direction.
Nope, ironically, Dr. John York is the reason.
Who would have thought, huh?
Now, we are on the verge of making a playoff run. In personnel, OL and Return Specialist(RS) as a KR/PR are the top two needs. What is amazing is that we have a great chance to satisfy those needs in the first three picks of the 2010 draft!
Take a peek in the Draft Forum and you will see what I am talking about with CJ. Spiller, Brian Bulaga, Anthony Davis, Trent Williams, Mike Iupati, Dexter McCluster, Perrish Cox, or even Jacob Ford...Google them, you will be happy you did.
In that light, that rook RT will have the Solari/Brown team to mold him. The other RS rook will have our new ST Coach, Shotty, to develop him, too. You can't ask for a better situation!
Here's another thought, we were but a few handful of plays away from being in the playoffs even with our deficiencies. One part of our team, the ST unit, contributed to two of those. Coach, thank God, already knows just how important that unit is and went out to grab a coach to mold his vision for the squad with Shotty:
"Not only did the 49ers rank last in the league in average yardage on punt return, they also had difficulty accomplishing the simple task of just fielding the ball.
Two turnovers on punt returns were pivotal plays in two losses, as the 49ers finished the season with an 8-8 record. Coach Mike Singletary said he understands the importance of special teams.
“Some of the things we’ll do this offseason will reflect that,” Singletary said.
One top priority for the team in the coming months is to acquire a dependable to explosive specialist to handle punt and kickoff returns. Singletary said he would like to have multiple players on the team who can thrive in that area."--Yahoo.com, Team Notes
We are so close. We have waited so patiently. We have longed for the taste again of the Playoffs. I believe this will be our year. I believe that Jed will bring greatness back using his influential past to lead the way.
Finally, a York mends the bridge of our 20 year dominance in the NFL bringing us five SuperBowls.
Two Yorks don't make a right? Well, this time it does.
Dad finally got it right! Son finally gets his chance!
for your time to read this.
[ Edited by ninertico on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:13:22 ]