Roughly 30 players on the current squad will still be on the roster when this team gets into the playoffs.
We could discuss 2 or 3 of those but would certainly agree on 28-30.
NOTE: Due to the lack of a QB, it will be two more years before a rookie will be ready to lead this team. Hence, my forecast is that the 49ers will next make the playoffs in 2012. Some like Gore, Clements, Goldson and Spikes will likely no longer be starters or have left the team for other reasons.
Ginn (unless we find an upgrade at PR/KR)
Staley (at RT)
Bass (may be difficult to find an upgrade in FA or the draft)
Spikes (if he doesn't retire)
BUT, I expect all of these guys to be with us in camp next year.
OT A. Davis
QB T. Smith (if he plays well enough to grab the starting job)
SanFranAddic, I'm interested to know why you took Byham over Walker? Granted, Walker is exceptional trade bait, but in my book, Walker's speed, soft hands, and special teams contributions make him worth keeping. I should mention that I'm very impressed with Walker and am subsequently biased.
I'll concede that I'm a bit prejudiced against TE's with (to this point) balky hands, so there's a good chance that I'm missing what many seem to like about Byham. It's way too early to write Byham off, but to this point I haven't been very impressed vs. Walker...again, I'm biased.
Not being snide or sarcastic, various players fly under everyone's radar from time to time. It would seem Byham has flown under mine.
Originally posted by Chief: our best player Justin Smith.
I'm not going to let you die alone on that assertion.
When you consider what Smith is doing with an obligatory double team that frequently draws support from a back, it quickly becomes difficult to argue that Smith isn't the most dominating player that we field. Think about it, a double team is 1/3rd of an opponent's average pass protection scheme, often more. The fact that he manages to hury QBs at all is amazing, given what he's up against. He's an absolute animal and a joy to watch on Sundays.
We're damned lucky that Justin Smith is sane and living on the right side of the law. Otherwise, we'd all be menu items at Justin Smith's BQQ.
[ Edited by BubbaParisMVP on Oct 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM ]
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