It does from an offensive perspective especially at the QB position. His experience as a NFL QB and college coach will serve him very well in this time of transition. He used to having to build a team quickly both at UCD and Stanford his first years. Now he has to do it NFL style which is much harder to do.
Even with that, Baalke is still running this biatch. I expect our #7 will be Peterson, Miller, Dareus or trade back, IMO, even with Quinn and Amukamara on the board. If AZ doesn't pick Gabbert, Wash, Minny and possibly even Mia might want to jump to #7 to stop Tenn from grabbing him. Then, Baalke can go get the QB that Harbaugh wants at the bottom of the first or top of the second with either the #28 or #33 picks, IMO.
From there, I can see Baalke/Harbaugh going after a WCO FA like Hasselbeck because of his familiarity with the WCO and we would be taking one of divisional rival's starting QBs, minimizing talent on that squad. He or McNabb would be great stop gaps for two years while Harbaugh molds his new QB.
While developing his QB, Harbaugh will use more of our RBs and TEs to move the chains, not having to throw in a rookie QB. Let the vet run and control while using short passing game and run plays against the weakness of the D, whatever that may be. Then, i can see a Kaepernick starting in two years after the vet QB contract expires who could now be able to stretch the field with his arm and his legs for example.
Harbaugh did this with Stanford. Gerhart was the heart and soul of that offense for a year before Luck took over. Once Luck became the forefront of that offense, Harbaugh was able to balance his attack really taking advantages of mismatches the D presented.
That's is what will happen with us. A strong run game to begin and a couple of years, our new franchise QB will be ready to make his mark, whoever that may be.
Two years? Gotta give his new protoge time to develop. Thank goodness for Gore and Dixon and whoever they pick to succeed Gore this year cause it will happen. We have Davis and Walker at TE to be able to make these mismatches work.
Yup, in Harbaugh I trust!
[ Edited by ninertico on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM ]