Originally posted by jimmythegreekjr:LOL...I love it when someone with a knee jerk reaction wants someone fired or cut with absolutely no idea or plan for replacing the person he or she wants to get rid of. Sure, fire Baalke and replace him with exactly who???? While you are struggling to come up with a legitimate name, I'm pretty sure Baalke's phone would be ringing to be interviewed by other teams before he could even leave the parking lot after being fired.
He has done nothing to shore up this offense through the draft since he became GM, especially at the wide receiver position where he has failed miserably. We are one injury away from completely losing our running game because the front office has failed to draft our future back in the last three years...Who is AJ Jenkins, LaMichael James, and now Kap etc...The list goes on and on. Go look at the offensive playmaker personnel drafted since 2011..Name one offensive playmaker that has been drafted since 2011 that has made a significant impact on offense...
Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Gore are all pre-Balke...There is a bigger problem here people and it reaks from the GM office...We had 14 picks last year? 2012 was a joke...This isn;t a draft war room thread..This thead is made to point a finger at the GM who has made complete shambles of the offense.
This is why its so hard to return to the Super Bowl in the NFL. Last time I checked, the Ravens were having similar problems as well. Should they fire Ozzie Newsome too?
The truth is that the 49ers have lost to the Seahawks, Colts, Panthers and Saints, who are a combined 31-10 pending tonight's MNF game. The last 2 games against the Panthers and Saints were by 1 point and 3 points that came down to the last minute or last play of each game.
They're 6-4, not 4-6 or 2-8 with it likely that they will be favored in at least 5 of the remaining 6 games. If they go 5-1 over the next 6 games, they'll be 11-5 and get in as a Wild Card, hopefully be relatively healthy with Crabtree and Carradine active and contributing and on a roll trying to emulate the Giants and Ravens of the last couple of years. I'm fairly certain that no NFC playoff team will be looking forward to having to face the 49ers in the playoffs.
Even the teams during the 49ers run through the 80's to mid 90's had seasons like this. There were seasons where they won 10 games and made the playoffs. There was one season they won 10 and were playing as well as anyone at the end of the season and didn't qualify for the playoffs. The 1988 SB Champion team was 4-6 after 10 games and coming off a stunning hail-mary loss before winning their last 6 regular season games and ultimately the SB.
The bottom line is this...even if I, for argument's sake, grant you everything you say about Baalke as being 100% true, the 49ers "low" point is coming off a last play of the game loss at New Orleans where the Saints have been blowing everyone else out when Sean Payton has been there without their best WR, Aldon Smith still play limited snaps and Kaep struggling. Despite all of that, the roster and coaching staff managed to come within a very disputed call of beating the Saints in New Orleans. And, lets not forget, how he has the 49ers set up for next year's draft as well while also keeping the 49ers in a good salary cap position.
Do the 49ers need to play better? Of course. Can they play better? Yes. Will they make the playoffs? Probably, but its the NFL and sometimes its just one of those years even if you have one of the most talented rosters in the league. Whether they do or not has a lot more to do with whether Kaep starts playing like he did last year than micro-analyzing every draft pick and FA signing in a vacuum with absolutely no alternative plan of merit. Baalke's among the best GM's in the NFL and the 49ers will continue to contend year in and year out with him as the GM and Harbaugh as the coach.