Originally posted by eamjr10:
I think the OPs main point has been lost...he's not saying that these should be the most hyped games of the season but that Harbaugh thought ahead and based some of these short term free agency moves based on our upcoming schedule. For example, if we were not playing the Patriots this season would he have the same interest in bringing Moss in, or Jacobs if a rematch with the Giants wasn't happening. Haven't we seen coaches like Belichik use this similar tactic in the past? Now I'm not sure if a team would invest millions in a player just because we happen to be playing their former team...but I could see Harbaugh trying to get any kind of advantage in these matchups that he can. The Patriots and Giants will be tough games for us.
No, that wasn't my idea....lol.
Quite simply it was this:
We have XYZ on the team. Looking at our schedule, the way we gameplan for Randy against the Packers, Patriots and Jets might be slightly different than other games.....same with Manningham & Jacobs for Giants (and if we face an NFC East team in the playoffs, same).
It's not like a hardcore, six months in advance strategy, lol....
I think the only exception would have to be Brandon & Mario....and more Mario of the two.
BTW to answer someone's question, once the regular season was over you know exactly which teams you will play next season......you just have to wait until April to know when, but they rotate the AFC/NFC opponents consistently, leaving you with just two teams to worry about (the best team of the two remaining NFC divisions).