Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
9/53. That's the number or pro bowlers out of our game day rosters. That is an obscene amount. There is a lot to be excited about with team. No doubt about that.
Talent (and depth) has never been an issue for us even before Harbaugh got here. We have talent coming out of our azzes...we even let some talent go as well (Cooper, Owen, Ginn, etc.). And now we'll add even more or build with basically Carradine, Hampton, Dial, Okoye, TJE, Lattimore, Marquardt, Williams, McDonald, Patton, Kilgore, Looney, Miller, etc. TONS of talent! If there is a more talented team, I'd like to know...seriously. And this is BEFORE the draft (6 picks in the first 3 rounds alone and we tend to have some success with later round picks as well) and free agency. Wow!
Talent has never been the issue and the coaching staff prior to Harbaugh is irrelevant. It means NOTHING and in no way justifies what the current staff is doing. Harbaugh is a great coach but we can't also ignore poor player development and/or usage, high school offensive game planning, poor time management, obvious patterns that have not been fixed to date, lack of situational awareness and adjustments, predictability, not utilizing our strengths fully (if at all), stubborness, etc.
In fact, I remain positive that we'll get to the playoffs every year on talent alone...but I'm also a realist and have little faith that talent will somehow overcome all the other issues we perpetually have (and proven now for 3 straight years) as real roadblocks. If I were to focus on old coaching regimes I'd be happy with where we are at...but after 3 years, I think it's time to have a higher standard b/c no doubt, the talent is there to win it all.
[ Edited by NCommand on Feb 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM ]