Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:Originally posted by dj43:
I wish it were that close, but it isn't. In fact, given what Alex was able to do once Johnson took over, QB may not even be the greatest need. (well it is now that it is clear Alex has no intention of seeking to re-sign here)
This team also needs a pass rusher in a big way. The entire secondary will look a lot better if the opposing QB has only 2.5 seconds instead of 4 to find an open receiver.
It also needs a FAST WR. Crabtree, as much potential as he has, does not have the speed to stretch a defense, and Ginn just isn't reliable.
All of the good playoff teams have at least one corner that is close to a "shutdown" guy. The 49ers don't.
That is 4 MAJOR needs that must be solved, and that assumes that some current combination will resolve the problem at RG.
And we haven't even begun to see light in the FO mess.
No, my friends, this franchise is still a long way from what it once was.
Yet, hope springs eternal.
Crabtree and Ginn don't run routes well and drop more passes than is reasonable.
Morgan is starting because he's a good blocker (ala the Singletary factor). Neither starting WR has speed. Hole at No. 1 WR.
When has a starting WR ever made a SB team? Tell me who was the speed guy for the Cards when they went? Or the Colts?
Anthony Davis can't handle speed rushers. He should be moved to RG. It's time to trade Rachal. Hole at OT (again).
So we give up on guys after there rookie year? Thats genius and Rachal wasn't/isn't the problem
Gore is hurt. He doesn't have breakaway speed. Teams can crowd the line when he's in there. Norris even blocked poorly this season. Westbrook is injury-prone. Dixon did nothing. Hole at FB.
Not very hard to fill
No offensive side leader.
No consistent pass rush. Hole at DE/OLB.
Finally a big area of concern. I would rather find a pass rusher than a "shut down" corner because even average corners look good with a solid pass rush.
Because Nate Clements is slow, he takes risks and is an easy mark on feints, double moves, HB passes, etc. He's kept his job as CB because of his success with Larry Fitzgerald. He is also teaching his risky behavior to Tarrell Brown and others. He should be cut or forced to move to safety. Goldson, Mays and Smith failed at safety. At least one hole at CB and Safety.
Ginn runs afraid on kickoff returns. He's not big or strong enough. One hole KO Returner.
See Devin Hester and DeSean Jackson. Neither "big or strong enough" but they make it happen. Ginn lacks the vision of those other guys but retuning kicks ain't exactly RB.