I like the idea but I agree, it all starts with Baalke. Like Boldin? Like CK? True, those players were connected to Harbaugh BUT Baalke had to wheel-and-deal to bring them in and make it happen FOR his coaches and that's a sign of a great GM. I still have a feeling 2012 was a draft more for his coaches than him
(i.e. the team), per se. He's clearly learned from that year and gone back to focusing on the LT success of this team and trusting his own instincts. There is a balance between doing what's best for the team while also granting wishes of ALL the position coaches.
PS: For all we know, the Raven's wanted a 4th rounder for Boldin. The point is, it is very clear Baalke entertains just about every FA possibility with an added focus on "value" and LT success and he places much emphasis on the coaches he just extended to help develop these players. This is why he has such high expectations for players in year 2. In short, Baalke gets it and with the coaches assembled, they make one hell of a team. A couple tweaks here and there to the offensive and defensive scheme/philosophy and we'll bring home #6. What isn't disputable is that we, clearly, are the deepest team in the NFL, year-in, year-out while also being fiscally responsible and not losing ANY critical pieces. That's a sign of a tremendous FO, top-to-bottom.
[ Edited by NCommand on Mar 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM ]