Originally posted by dj43:
So many areas that need repair. It is hard to see this team winning more than 6 games next year. It starts with finding a QB that is willing to come here with the understanding he is just a "teaser horse," not the one that will ultimately get the girl. That will be very hard to find. People like McNabb but he will not want the role of bridesmaid. He will go someplace where the team has a chance of getting back to the playoffs. All the rest are unknown/unproven guys.
Finding a pass rusher.
Will Frank Gore come back from a serious injury? He already has a lot of miles on him. He is the only serious offensive threat on the team. Without him the offense will be completely on the shoulders of a QB from the scrap pile of other teams.
Replacing Manny Lawson.
Getting faster and better throughout the secondary but especially at safety.
A true deep threat at WR.
Finding a solution at RG.
Will Heitmann be able to play again at center? The team missed his experience in making blocking calls.
Finding a replacement for Franklin - I am assuming he will get a larger offer from another team than the 49ers will be willing to match.
Coaching up the OL. Other than Iupati, who played better in the second half, the OL was a huge disappointment last season.
Those are the headaches that Harbaugh has now and there are some others.
All great points and I've been saying for sometime that we are further away from competing for the super bowl than most of us want to admit.
Having said that, I'm just excited to see us headed in the right direction for once. Starting with the GM, HC and the entire coaching staff. Looking foward to seeing them coach up our existing players and finally putting our guys in positions to flourish!
I fully expect it to take at least 2 very good drafts and a few key pickups in FA before we are solid enough and deep enough to compete for the super bowl.