As of late--well, hell, this has been a never-ending discussion that emerged when the Yorks first took power over a decade ago--a handful of older hands and I have noticed that a counter-discourse has emerged against the reigning paradigm of our beloved front office.
I believe that our front office team, yes, I said team. No, I do not care what Florio wrote, nor do I care about what other teams do, I only care about us. I believe our team understands fully what it has and what it needs to sustain a window of opportunity that lasts into the foreseeable future.
The counter-discourse to my statement, if I can articulate it fairly and correctly, is that we must sign as many key free agents as possible to ensure that we go to the Super Bowl and win this time. The feeling amongst these fans is that the Niners' window is closing sooner rather than later.
The difference in these two strategies, as far as I can tell, revolves around the ideas of fear of failure and time. One projects confidence in the ability of the front office to secure our sixth championship. The other suggests that the front office lacks the ability to close (fear of failure), recognize that we need talent in key positions (fear of failure), and that everything is all but over for our team (time).
What makes this thread different? The other threads where this clash of ideals is taking place were not intended for that battle.
I did not create this on a whim, but simply an observation. I have spoken privately to those I feel have the best ability to display a rationale and coherent argument. In order to fairly weigh the opinions of both sides of this epic struggle, I have requested help from some of the most knowledgeable posters that I have had the privilege to read and glean a bit of knowledge from over the years: NCommand, AB81Rules, and GhostofFredDean74. Their credentials speak for themselves. You know who they are, you trust their opinions and insight, and all three are fairly good dudes. You should PM them.
This is to be a running debate. Ideally, one that continues till the draft, but we would also settle for a couple of hours, days, and even weeks. Also know this, I, nor anyone else, will attack your passion or fandom. If you want to hurl bombs, go elsewhere. I won't stand for it, nor will the participants. You are to debate the idea, not attack the poster. Indeed, I believe the mods will be watching.
Let's see whatcha got!