Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
All of our guys break because they don't have any depth and they don't rotate.
We do need more depth and then use that depth.
Yep . . . this is critical.
The Niners were very lucky with injuries in 2011. They trended more towards the norm in 2012, and we see what happened. The team played their starting DL for more snaps than any other team by a large margin. Many of us were pointing out the dangers of doing this. Sure . . . they were tearing it up for the first ten, twelve games and then it came back to bite them in the a$$.
Hopefully the FO and coaches will learn from this. There a lot of adoration of Baalke and Harbaugh. Most of it deserved. But they are NOT genuises just ordinary guys with good instincts and a belief in what they do. They are going to gain knowledge through experience. Right now, they are relatively inexperienced, but their heads, particularly Baalke's, are in the right place. Let's not forget that he has very able help in the teams COO.
Last year, giddy with rookie success, I believe that they made quite a few mistakes in the off-season. Baalke did good in trying to shore up their lack of depth in offensive skill positions, but that's all. he almost completely ignored the teams need to build depth and support for the DL . . . agruably a more critical need.
The draft was a real head scratcher. We don't know . . . maybe Baalke was so flustered by the fact that his real target in the first round, reported to be Bruce Irvin, was taken, that it effected all of his subsequent picks. But that was the case, he needed to adjust. IMO there is no doubting that the Niners would have been better off, then and now, with a solid pick on defense in the first or, at least, the second round. I believe that Baalke stumbled there . . . badly. they'll have to make up for it this year.
This year has started out better IMO. Boldin and Dorsey are both solid additions and better than any FA additions from last year. But the Niners need more to be done. I get a laugh out of a lot of commentators who keep saying that the Niners roster is stacked. That's just typical of the superficiality and complete lack of insight of those guys. The Niners are not stacked in criticall areas of need.