Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
Hey buck :)
I don't think it's an either or argument. Of course we applaud Harbaugh for helping to develop a winner. Cohn has praised Harbaugh for his success. There have been countless articles about that. I personally don't believe that it was a eithe or kinda thing ... Harbaugh or top 10 draft pick. Remember it was Baalke who hired Harbaugh and given what I've seen from Baalke, he wouldn't have hired a bad coach for his stint as GM. There was just a low chance the Nolan/Singleterry disaster would repeat. Baalke would also and did lean on Tom Gamble and if you remember at the time, John Gruden was the presumed hire and he would almost certainly have brought in a vet coaching staff. So all of the talk about possible bottom-feeding 49ers after Baalke's hire I think is extremely unlikely.
That being said, with success comes scrutiny so it should be expected that with each improved roster, expectations not only would but should increase. Like any other coach in the NFL, Harbaugh is not immune. :)
I almost never read Cohen. I guess I have missed his praise for Harbaugh. But, that is a minor point.
Of course it is not an either or kind of thing, but in my estimation without consistently balancing the advances made and the weaknesses that still exist, we fail to build an accurate understanding of the team. I feel, and perhaps I am mistaken, that an extraordinary emphasis has been placed, and is still being placed, on the still existing debilities.
In my estimation, the next year will be critical. I hope that in the coming year, Harbaugh and the coaching staff address and correct the apparent and glaring problems that still exist.
I completely agree. However my hope isn't high unfortunately. I think the coaching braintrust on offense feels like they need a deep threat receiver to take the safety out of the box to help the running game, which will help the offense as a whole.
Unfortunately, IMHO, this doesn't help Kaps decision-making, it doesn't account for an offensive philosophy that can continue to function well despite injuries to starters. I'm afraid that if there's the slightest injury to anyone on offense, the nature and philosophy of this offense, which doesn't encourage the development or play of "the next man up", but rather we just hold his spot until said injured player returns, will again torpedo home field advantage for us throughout.
The 49ers need to think outside the box on offense. Yes, I praise Harbaugh for getting us "here".... now that we're "here", I really want the team to get "there." I think we already have the pieces to get "there", we just have to put it all together on the field.
Thanks buck - really, really, appreciate the civil dialogue man!