Originally posted by MadDog49er:Originally posted by OnTheClock:Originally posted by MadDog49er:
This is not "rebuilding". This is "no building". We are either "low-balling" free agents, or "no-balling" free agents.
We are fully prepared to go into the season with whoever is under contract, and hope that coaching makes enough of a difference to get us to 8-8 so that players MIGHT actually want to come here thinking that JH has something good in the works for the future.
As mentioned by you and I and many others, this is an unbelievably and sickeningly risky strategy that is almost sure to fail. We are going to have to hope that we can land someone good next year and that all our draft picks will help us fill in the gaps we have now...
Maybe they'll just use the comp picks as a safety net, and will trade away our tradeable picks for a starter or two.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have built an offensive line that looks like this:
Okung-Gallery-Unger-Moffitt-Carpenter, have Mike Williams and Sidney Rice on the outside and Zach Miller in the middle of the field. They are a QB away, and will find someone either in the draft or free agency or trade next year. They are making the moves to get in position to win. We are years away from any form of contending.
At the same time, Arizona paid a big price to get Kolb, but now have a decent shot with Fitzgerald, Todd Heap, and possibly, Braylon Edwards.
I think Jim Harbaugh was a great hire, but this mythological, god-like crowning by many on the board is absurd. A nickel and dime corner starting for the Niners is not going to be able to compete with this, no matter the "greatness" of Harbaugh. Homerism has made many people's mind like pudding.
Bingo. Our OL is makeshift at best right now. We have serious issues at C and RG and it's been this way for YEARS. Meanwhile, ALL our division opponents have not only fixed theirs, but added more weapons. The WR weapons I'm less worried about because in our 4-WIDE set is half the time the same as the 2TE set, just shifted. Crabtree --- Walker ---- OL OL OL OL OL ---- Davis ---- Morgan
But again, what is our OL? ... Staley-Iupati- ? -Rachal-A.Davis. And the rest of our division ...
St. Louis: Saffold-Bell-Fraley-Dahl-J.Smith
Note on AZ: The Zone severely underrates their line, which is much different now. And the Cards' OL was beat up when they faced us. This group is improved.