Originally posted by Robert:
If we take a look at Baalke's drafts 2010-2013, the trend is disturbing to say the least.
As it stands now, 2010 was his best draft in terms of long term contribution to the team (Bowman was a great pick; A Davis a gutsy good call, Iupati was an obvious but still good pick).
2011 looked epic before the recent run of legal trouble. A Smith may well have played his last game in a niner uniform. Kaep was a great pick, but everything I have read says that credit for that pick should really go to Harbaugh. Culliver and Hunter likely will be playing in other uniforms after this year. Miller is the only pick that has worked out.
The 2012 draft was THE WORST in the NFL that year. After James is cut / released, we will have zero players on our roster this year from the 2012 draft. That is pretty much unheard of. Yet…crickets…
In 2013, for all the firepower we had, we got one starting safety with concussion issues. The rest are all question marks including a couple of wildcards coming off injury.
Yet, I don't hear a chorus calling for Baalke's head in the media or from fans? Why? This team has been a quality corner or speedy wide receiver from winning the Lombardi for 3 years. Baalke has failed to deliver either, yet all I hear about is how Harbaugh, stuck with the same aging base of players year after year, is supposed to miraculous will his team Superbowl if he wants to get an extension, when Baalke has failed to refresh the talent of this team year after year, despite having ample opportunity to do so.
Where's the criticism? Where's the pitchforks? Why does Baalke get a pass year after year? What am I missing?
Complete lack of understanding regarding Baalke's other duties. He's MANAGED THE SALARY CAP by knowing which guys he can resign and which ones he can not only replace, but upgrade through the draft or trades. He's not only used the draft for players, but he's acquired talent through trades, free agency and expanded the roster through NFI/IR list
a.) Got 2-2nds for Alex Smith and keeps flipping those picks for more picks.
b.) Traded for Anquan Boldin for a 6th
c.) Traded guys who were going to get cut Cam Johnson and Parys Haralson for 7th rounders
d.) Traded for Stevie Johnson for a 4th rounder
e.) Blaine Gabbert for a 6th, Martin for a conditional 7th.
f.) Also had a ton of draft trades and acquired more picks.
g.) Only questionable trade was Colt McCoy
2.) Free Agency
a.) Let Goldson Walk, upgraded by Eric Reid in the draft
b.) Let Sopoaga walk, upgraded by Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams
c.) Let Ricky Jean Francois walk, Tony Jerod Edie filled in nicely last year and has Okoye Free agent and Carridine, ready to blow up.
d.) Let Whitner walk, signed Bethea and has Jimmie Ward waiting in the wings
e.) Resigned Alex Boone, Joe Staley and Ian Williams to cheap contracts
f.) Can let Mike Iupatie walk because he has Joe Looney who proved himself last year waiting in the wings as well as Brandon Thomas
g.) Let Goodwin walk, signs Kilgore to a cheap contract and drafts Marcus Martin
h.) Resigned Tramaine Brock to a decent deal.
3.) Trades for more picks and stashes guys for a year on the NFI list.
a.) Joe Looney, Dial, Carridine, Okoye, Marquardt and this year Thomas, Reaser and Millard.
4.) Injuries don't faze the team. Coaching is a huge part, but Baalke played a role as wel in helping bring the talent to the roster.
a.) 2012, lose Alex Smith, no problem Kaepernick steps in no problem
b.) 2012 lose Kendall Hunter, no problem LMJ steps up.
c.) 2013 lose Michael Crabtree, Culliver, Hunter and Manningham still out, team only loses 13 games last year
d.) 2013 Ian Williams out, Glenn Dorsey steps up no problem.
3.) 2013 Tarelle Brown out, Tramaine Brock steps up and earns a contract.
Draft is 1 little part of Baalke's job. He's used every possible avenue to bring talent to this roster.