Originally posted by Marvin49:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by astro_niner:
3) Baalke needs to get on the same page as Harbaugh and what the coaching staff is trying to implement, especially offensively. That goes for both the draft and free agency. Baalke's strengths are cap management and contracts (along with Paraag), and draft day wheeling-dealing, but he seems to try too hard to find the diamond in the rough. He has been through 3 drafts and the only super star that he has drafted is Aldon Smith. More often than not, he ends-up with just adequate players in draft and free agency.
I like this point a lot. Let me ask you fans...based on what our offensive philsophy really is, if you were Baalke, what more does Harbaugh really need on the offensive side of the ball?
QB - Groom a young QB with similar skill sets as CK?
OL - Staley, Davis, Boone, Iupati, Kilgore, Looney, etc.?
TE - We brought in McDonald to pair with VD and Celek? We had 3 (on paper) pretty dynamic H-backs and let all of them go.
FB - Miller is the best in the game. We never had a pure FB training behind him and then we let Owen go.
WR - Boldin, Crabtree and Patton? Do people seriously expect to use more 3-5 WR sets "with" VD also on the field?
RB - Gore, Lattimore, Hunter and James plus Hampton (who I really liked - is he still on contract?)
So unless Baalke goes FA to provide CLEAR "upgrades" over these guys, what more can he bring in here?
People focus on a deep threat @ WR, esp. one who can provide true, dynamic KR duties? FYI: we had Moss, Ginn and Moore (even Lockette) and never used ANY of them on deep routes so is that really the solution?
I think they need a TE who can get verticle (similar to Walker), a young speed receiver (speed is for obvious reason, but even if Boldin comes back they need to start planning for NOT having him), and another RB to compete for Franks spot when he's done.
As for the question you were addressing, the personnel they have matches almost perfectly. That was one of the reasons Harbaugh came here to begin with.
They need Crab for the whole year, they need McDonald to improve as a receiver and route runner, and they need Kap to inprove his play as a pocket passer.
I completely agree with your first paragraph on TE, WR, RB.
One other thing that I am suspecting here is - Harbaugh may not be very articulate or settled in thoughts regarding what exactly does he want. He went through a musical chair game with backup QB last season. I am sure he was initially happy to have Moss and Ginn, but when he finds out that they want to "catch the damn ball" more often, he may change his mind about them. So, fluctuations like these. Harbaugh needs to get his thoughts settled better and communicate with Baalke accordingly.