1) Most likely a new coach. I actually like Sing, but he is really and extension of the Nolan era. Most of the coaches and the entire team concept are the same. It was fun for awhile, but its clear its not working. Maybe John Gruden? Jim Harbaugh?
Whats really nice here tho is that when a new coach comes in, there is ALOT of YOUNG talent on this roster and Willis and Davis have already been locked up to extensions. The good news in that as that a coach may see the Niners as "not that far away" and that could make the job more atteractive.
2) Likely a high pick that might turn into a new QB. I've always kinda been an Alex Smith defender. Its not that I think he's a great QB, its just that I always thought he was being scapegoated and we as 49er fans are spoiled rotten by QB play. I would actually like to see him come back, but no doubt the Niners need another contender. I'l LOVE to get Andrew Luck (Harbaugh and Luck? Hrmmm....), Locker I'd like but much less than luck, and I'll pass on Mallet.
As for Free Agents....I don't see anyone right now who I'd be interested it. Vick will stay in Philly and Kolb us in a contract that makes him difficult to trade. We'll just have to see.
3) The rookies. Yes, Anthony Davis probably had his worst day as a pro yesterday, but I think the guy is gonna be a good one. He is just having trouble with the stunt so teams keep running it on him. He is NOT getting beaten physically...he is getting beaten the way a rookie gets beaten. I've seen peeps here say he should move to LT because its more "natural for him". NO. BIG mistake. The DEs and OLBs on the left side are smaller and faster....and thats the stuff he's having trouble with. I think he'll be fine. Even if he isn't tho...he could be moved inside to RG because the guy is huge and moves people. Thats the beauty of taking a huge tackle...if they dion't work out they can be moved inside.
I think Iupati will be fine. He's just raw. Once he gets it tho, he's a keeper. The thing tho with BOTH of these guys is that we knew before the year that they were gonna struggle. O-Line in college is diff than the pros and its a big jump. It just takes time.
Mays....wow. He made a few mistakes yesterday, but I actually came away feeling much higher on him than I have in the past. Why? because even tho he didn't make every play, HE WAS THERE TO MAKE THE PLAY. The criticism on him is college was that he was TOO BIG to change direction and run in pass defense. He was there yesterday. He was running stride for stride with Steve Smith in the Endzone. He's a rook and has stuff to learn (and more importantly, knows that he has stuff to learn). My fav quote from him all year...it was after his interception in the preseason. He was being congratulated and he said essentially that he did what the play designed and he did what he was supposed to do. Thats it. No beating his chest....he was where he was supposed to be and made the play he was supposed to make. Love it.
Bowman...hrmm. Makes a few great plays....completely zones out on others. We may need Spikes back for another year.
Dixon...love the guy. GREAT energy, will do anything asked, and a great RB to boot. The guy is gonna be here for a long time.
Can't comment to much on the others as they haven't played much.
4) Our own Free Agents...I just dunno here. I've never been as high as some on Goldson. He made a few good plays in run D, but he's been invisible in pass D. Theres a part of me that would really not be to sad to see him go and see what Clements can do at FS. I know Nate got burned at CB yesterday, but his play style seems like it would be a perfect fit for a center-field type Ed Reed like FS. He may not want to make the move and I think he's due alot of money next year....but I have a feeling whatever team hes on, his future is at FS and he may be a pro bowler at that position. Of course tho...moving Clements to FS would mean finding a starting corner.
Manny....geez. I really like Manny. He just always seems to be just on the cusp of "arriving" and he never quite gets there. If he is going to be high priced as a FA, I say let him go. I like Ahmad Brooks, and he comes much cheaper and is already under contract.
5) Not only does a bad result give us a shot possibly at one of the better QBs...it gives us better draft position in every round. On a team that already has an abundance of talent, whomever the GM will be will be in prome position to get even more.
Anyway...this is how I sleep at night after watching what has been the worst season in recent memory. I'd rather look forward to the potentially positive than mire myself in the current atrocity.