Originally posted by Rsrkshn:We agree that the LONG TERM view is what is important. We all hope Harbaugh/Baalke will be the second coming of Walsh/McVay.Originally posted by dj43:Originally posted by Rsrkshn:I agree with all the "feel good" stuff. However, we still need to be somewhat restrained in our hopes for the upcoming season. This team still have major needs and will be playing a very difficult schedule. It will be like the first 6 games of last season all the way through. The team could be 30% improved and still go 6-10.
It's been a LONG time coming, but its all good now!
I just feel that the Niner's are finally on the right track with the hiring of Harbaugh.
And Baakle. Although there is a bit of a question mark here because of his connection with the previous regime and their ineptitude at talent evaluation. However, personally, I am willing to cut some slack here because I am hoping that (i) he does not have so big of an EGO (Nolan, Singletary ) that he will not learn from his mistakes, and (ii) his influence was being suppressed by those he worked under (Singletary and McClougan ) and now on his own he can shine.
Certainly Baalke is saying all the right things: Need for QB, OLB. Need for playing with confidence, etc.
We can forget the transgressions of the last six years because they have all led to NOW. I would not be as pleased if we had limped along with moderate success under Nolan or Singletary's leadership. I just COULD NOT get behind those guys.
Right NOW, the Niner's, for me at least, have not felt so "right" since during the George Seifert (sp?) days.
I don't mean to be Negative Nancy here but that is the reality. We will have a re-tread QB and some rookies in key positions all learning new systems on both sides of the ball...and likely missing a great deal of off-season learning time due to the CBA situation. It is a "perfect storm" for a team that has will need more time, not less, to fit all the pieces together.
Not necessarily disagreeing with you at all there.
But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm just saying that the team may finally be in good hands now for the LONG RUN.
The foundation is there.
PS: BTW certainly with no preseason it's going to be a huge struggle. But if there is a full preseason and TC, I'd expect, and I don't believe that it's unrealistic to expect, an IMMEDIATE improvement over last season.
Your talking about filling holes? Which team doesn't have "holes"? Nothing is ever perfect. Packers lost 15 starters this season?! That's not a gigantic hole? Our biggest hole is at QB, but that has got to be better next year. And then . . . let's go!!
Yes, all teams have holes they would like to fill but this team needs to fill three holes that no good team will have unfilled. With only David Carr at QB, Haralson/Brooks/LaBoy at pass rush, and a secondary that is totally at the mercy of a group of OLBs that can't rush the passer, PLUS some other little goodies like RG and safety, this team has more holes to fill than teams that are truly planning on a playoff run.
There has been far too much talk focused on QB, and I understand that but QB this last year was not our biggest problem, however, it will be next season, along with the other things I noted above.
So, short-term will be rocky but the worm should turn in 2012.