Originally posted by Kolohe:
Your still not getting it, its like you don't know our team or my team, not sure if your a 9ers fan yet. But with all the talent the 9ers have on defense THEY can afford to sit players. Tell me why isn't it a problem that Lattimore sits?? AJ Jenkins didn't contribute last year and I could've sworn our 9ers went to the Super Bowl. Again, not seeing your logic.
And your assuming the Raiders draft that way cause they know they're gonna suck the next year.....dude, coaches jobs are on the line they don't call this league Not For Long for nothing. Win now or its your ass, they're not gonna draft 4 Marcus Lattimores cause they know they're gonna suck anyway that just doesn't happen. I've been a die hard fan of the NFL Draft and have never seen a team draft like that.
Trust me, I am a 49er fan and I do know the team. Nice try questioning my fanhood as a way to boost your argument, though. My original point is that I think teams that are planning for long term goals (rebuilding teams) are the ones that can afford to sit rookies more so than teams that have a present window for winning it all. I don't want to keep repeating the same thing. I am sure you know my view.
I agree with your point that head coach's jobs are on the line, but a realistic GM, of a rebuilding team
, has to look at the makeup of the roster and grade a coach's job on the trend of the team's play, not the overall results (wins/losses). A logical fan of a rebuilding team and a logical GM of a rebuilding team has to understand this. Can the GM of the Raiders expect to contend for a playoff spot? Only if he's on drugs. More important than wins and losses is the way the team responds to the coach, effort level, and an upward trend in performance as the season progresses. The casual fan will not understand this and will just look at wins and losses. I get that.
The 49ers are in a position to mortgage some of their future for immediate help. Baalke did the opposite in drafting for the future rather than the present with the Tank pick. It doesn't help the team in 2013. I don't think that is debatable (assuming Tank doesn't suit up at all this season).
And to answer your question about why it isn't a problem that Lattimore sits, the 49ers are stacked at tailback. They are not at DE. Do they have adequate DE depth? I can go with 'adequate', but it is not stacked. The true DEs are RayMac, Cowboy, Dorsey.
Also, about the 'draft 4 Lattimores' thought. A GM with proper long term vision for a rebuilding team should draft 4 Lattimores (injured player with 1st round pedigree) if the value presented itself. Imagine getting four 1st round talents (in the 4th round) the year after to significantly boost the rebuild process. Unless you stumble upon a franchise QB with the #1 overall pick (Luck), it's going to take a couple years to rebuild a team from crap to something relevant. I understand it's not a popular thing to do for the rabid fanbase, but if you have a 2-3 year plan to rebuild, you stay the course. We've never seen a team draft like this because it wasn't until recently that catastrophic injuries could realistically be rehabilitated to full health.