Originally posted by ninertico:
I still say this season was like 83. Now in 84, you know what we did. I see 2012 the same way. Most of our team is returning. Our O playbook will expand, our D is intact and most important of all, IMO, is that all the coaches are returning. That nucleus will only make our team better by building off the rock solid foundation set to mold in 2011. Now that foundation will harden over the offseason giving us a solid team.
I expect our team to get better at WR and OG. We will have better depth at multiple positions. We will get that #1 WR. We will get that upgrade at ROG. We will get Brooks back or another young buck like Aldon to rotate along with Haralson.
We have plenty of good, solid options in FA AND the draft. Yes, this team will get better. And no, I am not worried about the next season.
We will continue where we left off!
You can bet the farm that the 49ers will get AT LEAST one big-receiver this off-season. FA is just totally up in the air with big question marks about Vincent and DeSean and the likelihood that Bowe will be franchised. Maybe Johnson from Buffalo. That will all fall into place in another month.
In the meantime, unless some unbelievable value falls to #30 (Cordy Glenn?), that pick will be a WR like Sanu or Fleener. I also fully expect them to use a 3rd or 4th on a speed guy.
We should all remember that Harbaugh's last two years in the league he was throwing to a young Marvin Harrison. Though Harbaugh ran a very conservative offense this past season, we can be sure he fully understands the importance of being able to keep up with other very good offenses in the NFC. He will not go into another season with the likes of Braylon Edwards as the #1 receiver.
I also do not think he will put a great deal of stock in the future of Crabtree. This is just my opinion but I believe Harbaugh see MC the way a lot of this board sees him, a very good #2 but not someone who will ever demand a double team very often. Also, he will be out of contract in another year, and with all the nonsense that has been going on, Harbaugh will not put much stock in re-signing him. JH will not take any chances in building up the offense.