Originally posted by Pick6:
Originally posted by a24hrdad:
To Walsh's benefit he did not have to deal with the salary cap
I'm not saying Walsh wasn't great, but it is a lot more difficult to keep strong teams together for any period of time.
The 9ers were a lot like the Patriots of today... I think they would have been able to keep a lot of their draft picks and that's where they did their best work. They were also proactive and had the ability to sign key players to long term contracts before they demanded too much... they were ahead of the curve on signing and releasing veterans that were past their prime. I hated it when they released (or traded) Montana, Lott, Craig... etc, but they were all at the end of their career.
The 9ers added some key players as well, but it really wasn't until the 90's that they began to break the bank for free agents (94 - WOW... talk about selling out). They didn't have to in the 80's because they were drafting well, trading for underachieving or underapreciated players and getting good value in free agency because (like the Patriots now) players wanted to play here becaue they KNEW they were going to compete for a Super Bowl.
If you look at the drafts though... its pretty amazing. 10 years from 1979 to 1989 the 9ers drafted 30+ major contributors... the players listed below were all key parts of the team... I would guess at least half of them made pro-bowls or were all pro. PLUS 4 HOF's and others that haven't made it in yet, but are/could be considered.
79 - Montana and Clark, 80 - Earl Cooper, Jim Stuckey, Keena Turner 81 - Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williams 82 - Bubba Paris, 83 - Roger Craig, Tom Holmoe, Riki Ellison, Jesse Sapolu, 84- John Frank, Guy McIntyre, Michael Carter, Jeff Fuller 85 - Jerry Rice 86 - Larry Roberts, Tom Rathman, Tim McKyer, John Taylor, Charles Haley, Steve Wallace, Kevin f*gan, Don Griffin (THAT WAS THE GREATEST DRAFT CLASS BY ANY TEAM EVER) 87 - Harris Barton, 88- Daniel Stubbs, Pierce Holt, Bill Romanowski, Chet Brooks, 89- Keith DeLong, Wesley Walls,
A ton of these players were drafted after round 3 as well... incredible 10 year run.
So... I got to thinking 30 starters drafted in 10 years... that should be a pretty good team, so here is the DRAFTED team -
QB - Joe Montana
RB - Roger Craig - Earl Cooper
FB - Tom Rathman
WR - Jerry Rice, John Taylor
WR - Dwight Clark
TE - John Frank, Wesley Walls
OT - Bubba Paris
OG Guy McIntyre
C Jesse Sapolu
OG Bruce Collie (1985 - 5th round)
OT Steve Wallace
DL Jim Stuckey, Pierce Holt, Dewaine Board,
DL Michael Carter, Daniel Stubbs
DL Kevin f*gan, Larry Roberts
LB Keena Turner, Keith DeLong
LB Riki Ellison
LB Bill Romanowski
LB Charles Haley
CB Ronnie Lott, Tim McKyer
CB Eric Wright, Don Griffin
S Jeff Fuller, Chet Brooks
S Carlton Williamson
Ok. I know that I might be missing some.. Dwaine Board and Bruce Collie were left our originally (perhaps I should have read what was wrote before me...). Regardless wow... thats pretty impressive. Especially when you consider guys like a handful of starters that were already a part of the team in 79 and continued to play throughout the 80's.
And to add some more intrigue to the draft thing. The starting lineup for the 1989 team only had 4 (YES FOUR) players NOT drafted by the 9ers. Brent Jones (steelers), Matt Millen (raiders), Jim Fahnhorst (vikings) and Mike Walter (cowboys). Most of the guys mentioned above were starting.