Originally posted by Rascal:Yep. When people post the truth, for some reason some of the older members just don't want to listen to it like they are blinded by their fandom.
I have been wanting to say this for a long time, my pediction is the Seahawks' time has arrived and they will dominate on top for a while, may be a couple of years at the very least.
The 9ers is an aging team, one of the oldest in fact. We have many holes in multiple positions on our roster ranging from WR to RB, to DL to KR/PR to name a few. Our personnel is simply inferior. It will take a tonne of work as in changes before we can climb back up again. As to when ? That depends on whether we can make the right moves in the draft as well as free agency and how fast we can reload again. No earlier than 2015.
What the FO needs to do is to stop stockpiling picks while not fully utilizing them. Use the picks wisely to trade up for strong prospects and stop mucking around with a bunch of low rounders who will only end up on the trading block.
IMHO, I think this team can rebound by next year - it's possible with JH as our coach but he and his staff have to be open to new, fresh, modern concepts - we see time and time again good teams spiraling downwards because they refuse to change and adapt to the evolving NFL.
As for the youth on this team, I think Baalke does a good job using his numerous draft picks to keep the team youthful - but it's not his job to utilize then. If our young guys are warming the bench, unlikely to even see the field. That's on the coaches. Choosing an old, gimpy Nnmadi over Marcus Cooper. Sending McDonald to block 90% of the time as if he'll ever fully develop as a receiver. We've had the same WR lineup for over a decade - one aging vet WR we rely on primarily and a bunch of underdeveloped, deer in headlight rookies behind him. And I don't know what this team will do when Gore eventually retires - it's like pulling teeth to get them to give our young RBs (Hunter, LMJ) a bit more than a handful of touches.
Baalke can bring in young talent and make key acquisitions in FA. But it starts with the coaches and how they utilize them.
And I'd also like to see Baalke and the FO make a bold in the draft and trade up for a strong prospect. The way this offense is looking, I hope they do whatever possible to bring this kid to SF:
[ Edited by NeonNiner on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM ]