Originally posted by Marvin49:
1) Kaepernick: I always start with the QB. I am very happy with the approach he's taken in the off-season in terms of working his a$$ off and taking only a week off. I am pleased to see him say that he has alot to learn and that he's really working at his craft. He is taking this all seriously and he was already the first guy in and the last guy out.
Kaep walked out of Nevada every bit as raw off the field as he was on. He has dramatically molded his on the field abilities and he'll do the same off the field. Something tells me he's gonna be on TV. Alot.
Very insightful as always Marvin. There are a couple of things I worry about that you have mentioned:
1. CK's maturity is one of those minor issues. It seems that his drive and intelligence will keep him from wandering too far from the success track, but who knows? Perhaps he will become egotistical and self destruct...just not likely on this team...but possible. Much more likely he becomes the top QB in the league.
2. Also loved this draft and McDonald was a major reason. He was an example of a rational pick...great value by Baalke and ignoring the more hyped TEs. Combined with the more recognizable picks this makes this draft one of the potentially great drafts in team history...so many really talented guys. The injured players picked are a bit risky but I thought the same about Gore.
4. FAcy worries me a bit but only because we can't really know how these new guys will mesh in our defense--Nambi, Dorsey...just don't know...but worth the risk. Would have liked to have kept one of the lost front seven guys.
5. Pistol will succeed as long as CK can 1) keep running around and through defenses occasionally and 2) WRs can keep defenses honest. If teams can play WRs tight and send seven straight up the field to collapse the tight pocket then CK needs help on the outside. With Crabtree gone that is a huge question, but Boldin will likely be one answer.
6. Cracks me up how quickly things can change...NFCW is now the darling of the pundits! Agree regarding the Rams but I won't bet my house against them.
7. Coaching--Harbaugh is a hard-nosed guy who is not afraid to make mistakes. He is also capable of bringing in talented assistants...enough said.
Present and Future: The team is relevant again and better yet...is not embarrassing. Under Harbaugh this team will be in the game every single week! I really don't know what the ceiling is or how long this run will last but Jed, Trent and Jim are young guys who are very ambitious...which bodes well for a high level over a long term.