Originally posted by ritchie:
Fro, what do you think about the deal the Niners and Clonaid, pioneers in human cloning have struck to make exact replicas of Justin Smith?
Can we get a few copies of the Right Reverend Fro, Jessica Alba and a bucket of chicken too?? Not necessarily in that order!
Seriously though, folks. The Niners made THE splash of the FA period by getting Anquan Boldin. $6MM is a STEAL compared to what the Seahawks signed Harvin to (avg $11MM), Bowe (avg $11MM) and Wallace (avg $13MM) per season. I realize he wasn't technically a Free Agent, but he was going to be released, going to be a Free Agent, and the Niners scooped him up before he could get there and drive up his price. Giving up a 6th round pick when they have 15 in this draft is a drop in the bucket. They couldn't expect to get a WR in the 1st round of the draft this year that would have an impact, never mind a 6th rounder. This move gives them impact now, while still leaving them tons of picks to build for the future. This was not a move to mortgage the future for one last shot at a "closing window".
More importantly, it keeps them from having to commit huge dollars to a position where they already have a #1 WR who is going to require more money in the near future. Committing big money to 2 WR's would have been crippling to their ability to augment the defense. And regardless of what the media keeps feeding us about this now being a passing league where offenses rule, it's Defenses that still win championships. Just look at the 2 Super Bowl teams. Just ask the Patriots. Since they decided it was "necessary" to build around Brady before the window closed adding players like Moss, Welker and Lloyd, they haven't won a Super Bowl. And the last 3 times they were knocked out of the playoffs it was by teams whose defenses shut down their "high powered" attack (Giants x2, Ravens). It used to be the Pats who did that to other teams (see Rams, St. Louis & Colts, Indianapolis). What they forgot was, the beauty of Brady was that he didn't have to have a favorite receiver, or a big name receiver. He was good enough to make an average WR look great, while their defense kept giving him back the ball. They mocked Peyton Manning for putting up stats in the regular season, only to fall short in the playoffs, when it wasn't Manning that was failing, it was his defense. Now the shoe's on the other foot and Pats fans don't see it. They are screaming for the Pats to re-sign Welker, with no mention of Talib, yet it was Talib's injury in the playoffs that turned the tide in that game with Baltimore and opened the flood gates for the Raven's offense.
Enough about the Pats. I said that to say this, expect the Niners to lie low a bit until the crazy money is spent on the first 2-3 players to sign at each position, then swoop in to get a "bargain" or 2 who are still very capable starters, preferably on defense. The areas of need for the Niners (CB, S, DL) are also the areas that are the deepest in FA and the draft. Their Defense is good enough that they don't NEED the top CB on the market or the top S, just solid starters who know their responsibilities, don't give up the big play so the LB's can do their work stuffing the run and getting after the QB, until those who are drafted this year can step into the mix. Rinse, lather, repeat. That's how dynasties are built and to my mind, Baalke seems to be RE-building a dynasty in SF!
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