Originally posted by Bluesbro:
Originally posted by ninerjok:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
There hasn't been a precedent of teams taking players in the first two rounds then redshirting them as a staple until what we have seen here with Baalke. If it works other teams will catch on and emulate this
In a sense they've created their own farm system for football. Kind of like a minor-league for their own team.
It is the same as trading that pick for a pick the following year, except that the hurt player should be of higher quality than what a traded pick would have garnered. Plus, the PUP shields the player from getting poached if the roster is already choke full of talent. If Carradine and Lattimore both hit big, you can bet that this will be emulated by other teams. What successful thing in the NFL is ever not copied or stolen?
You are correct to say that almost anything that is sucessful in the NFL has a tendency of being copied however I think that this might be an exception to that rule. Even if it is successful it is not likely to be emulated for one simple reason. Most teams in the NFL are not in the situation the Niners are in. What allows them to do this is three fold:
1) They are already in championship competition mode and talent level year in and year out the last couple of years and have shown a sustained sucess to get there.
2) They have incredible depth allowing for them to only need a couple of immediate impact players in the last couple of drafts in order to keep the depth behind quality starters.
3) They have resisted the temptation to feel like they have a limited window and have continued to preach that they plan to stay relavent and make moves to be so for the long term.
These three factors make it so they can draft players that wont even play that year without being destroyed by the media, fanbase, and owner because while they are redshirting player they are still competeing for championships. I am not sure there is even 1 other team who meets those three things maybe seatle (but they dont have the sustained success yet), New England (they have the sustained success but i dont hink the have the depth), or Denver (but I think they have bought to much into the idea of a championship window that they probably wouldnt consider this). Thus almost all other teams in the NFL are looking for immediate impact players (and imediate depth) and several of them in each draft in order to try to reach championship level competition. Their fan base, media, and owners would littlerally be furious with them for not trying to get immediate impact players in the draft. As long as the Niners can keep dooing what they have been doing this is not a problem for them because they have litterally been just a play or 2 a way from going to or winning the SB the last 3 years!
So what I am saying is that for any other team in the NFL this would be hard to copy but if it works the Niners should be one of if not the only team in the NFL who can consistently apply this tactic without getting panned by critics.
[ Edited by ninerfan1984 on Jun 23, 2014 at 7:05 AM ]