Originally posted by ace49ers:
Originally posted by NoOffseason:
-Spending little in free agency, mostly signing bargain-type players and hitting on essentially all of them, some spectacularly (Carlos Rogers)
Part of the reason why we spent so little was because no one wanted to come to the 9ers. And they had good reasons. Some were because players didnt associate with any of the staff here, the state the team was in and so on. who evers coming off contract and hitting the free market will certainly have the 49ers on their list of possible teams to go to this time.
Good point. I think that must drive fans from other teams even more nuts, though. Before the season, the Niners were a team that was not a "sexy" place to attract free agents the way Philly did this offseason or Washington used to do. In that, the Niners were similar to teams like say, the Browns or the Jaguars. So most of the guys that went to us were guys that really did not attract much attention anywhere (I think the only guy I can think of that had another offer was Donte Whitner and that was from the Bengals, which also was not exactly a free-agent magnet). That might have been the prime reason Asomugha rejected us. But I think he now wishes he would have chosen differently. Heck, even staying pat in Oakland would have given him more wins and a better playoff chance right now
But even though the Niners had the same lack of marquee free-agent signings as other teams, we did well with the guys we got and to add insult to injury for other fans, the guys we let go did not break through on other teams. Manny Lawson and Clements play good, but relatively quiet seasons in Cincinnati, Bass does alright, but we just beat his new team and from what I gathered Franklin is kind lost in New Orleans right now (Remember the Saints boasting that Patrick Willis would "cry into his cereal" after they signed Franklin? Not really? Thought so ). Meanwhile, Redskins fans are pulling their hairs out because Carlos Rogers plays like a man possessed with us and suddenly developed sticky hands
The familiarity point is a good one as well. Interestingly, although a lot of the coaches had been college coaches before this season, quite a few of them have NFL ties, like both of our offensive and defensive coordinators. But although someone like Vic Fangio had been in Baltimore two years ago, he did not really try to bring someone with him the way for example Mike Nolan used to do. I think the only NFL free agent we signed because of coaching familiarity was Blake Costanzo, our special-teams ace because he played for Seely in Cleveland. And that one was another bargain-type signing that worked out well.