This is a great post! It raises legitimate questions.
The Niners organization needed a COMPLETE overhaul in the coaching and TALENT EVALUATION areas.
Mission accomplished on the coaching side; we can all agree on that. How great this will all turn out? Yet to be determined, although it cannot help but be an improvement over the comedy routine that preceded it.
From the "player evaluation" perspective, questions certainly remain. primarily because the DNA really has not changed. Over the past six years, despite their high positions in the drafting order the Niners have NOT developed a great roster. That falls squarely on the shoulders of the FO/GM department. And, lord, have they whiffed over and over again!
GMs have to rely on their scouting departments skills at evaluating players. So is it the scouts who are deficient in their evaluations, or are the eladers just not picking the right guys. I think that so far its pretty obvious that it has been both.
Last year the Niners changed the guy who was making the final decision.
This year that guy has be given complete control over that department. I believe that last year Singletary had a BIG and undue influence in this area. I certainly hope so, because IMO all was not hunky-dory with last years draft. But IMO Baakle is a HUGH improvement over McC who was truly
That said: The jury is out BIG TIME on Baalke because he is a remanent of the failed old guard. So we will see. There has not been the complete overhaul of the FO that had been promised. This is not necessarily fatal. But more needs to change in the overall DNA of this department. Otherwise it could possibly turn out to be more of the same. Namely, the GM selecting out of the same old pool of poorly scouted players.
DNA can and should be improved with the infusion of new blood. Something that adds fresher perspective; the promise of some improvement. Which is sorely needed in this department.
Hence the OP's question.