Look to the Future – – – >

Given the fact that the 49ers aren’t serious about the Peyton Manning hope-fest, or the Matt Flynn sweepstakes, and their more-than-likely scenario of sticking with Alex Smith, what are the biggest needs for this team going forward? We (well, most of us) get the fact that the 49ers need some help at the WR spot. The little production they were getting was hindered by Cap’t. Morgan going down in the TB game, the on-again off-again nature of Michael Crabtree’s contributions, and the lack of fire (and healing powers) of Braylon Edwards. The rest were barely noticeable on the field. In fact, Smith did a pretty good job of moving the ball through the air with VD being pretty much his only consistent target.

Be that as it may, the Niners have to look at the possibility of losing some of their myriad free agents. The most important being Ahmad Brooks, Dashon Goldson, Ted Ginn, Adam Snyder, and Carlos Rogers. To a lesser extent, there are guys like Larry Grant (who filled in very well when Willis went down), Joshua Morgan, and special teams stand outs Blake Costanzo and CJ Spillman.

As I’ve said before, I think Dashon Goldson may get priced off of the team by a bigger offer from someone else (Dallas is likely). I don’t think they’ll franchise him either. The Niners would be well-advised to franchise Ahmad Brooks. He played his best year by far in the pros, but he has been dogged by inconsistency, so it warrants giving him a fat one-year payday to see if he can follow it up with another good year. The rest shouldn’t be too hard to sign. Alex Smith being the guy that gets the most money. 3/$20 mill? Sure, why not? Sign Morgan as well. There looks to be a whole new crop of WRs, so having Morgan and Crabs around would help some, for consistency’s sake. Morgan was on his way to a good year when he went down.

So, losing Goldson would leave a hole. The easy solution would be to do what they planned on all a long, and move Chris Culliver to FS. Culliver has shown he can cover very well as a CB, and would be well-suited to playing off the ball as a FS. Goldson was pretty much a SS in the FS spot anyway, and with Whitner signed, there’s no room for Hawk. There are also some strong FS free agents out there as well. Michael Griffin from the Titans would be worth a look, as would Dwight Lowry from the Jags. Both are young and solid. Brooks is the big question. Yeah, the 49ers revived his career, and he worked hard to crack the line up and stay there. I just wonder if he’ll balk at being franchised.

Which brings us to Ted Ginn. I sure didn’t think his injury would be the one that broke the team’s epic run, but there you go. The NFL is a harsh mistress. His WR adventures aside, Ginn proved that he was one of the best in the league at returning punts and kickoffs. He got off to a brilliant start by scoring the double-whammy on opening day Seattle game with a PR and KR for TDs. Beyond that, he unfailingly made the right decisions in when to go after balls, and when to back away. The 49ers ALWAYS had better field position due to his returns. So, just based on that, yeah, I’d get him back.

Carlos Rogers really was the key to this year’s sudden success. He set the tone early by picking off a lot of balls, and making a ton of plays. The overall defensive philosophy of giving up yards, but not points was greatly helped out by the punishing and ball-hawking nature of these defensive backs. Led by Rogers. I have no idea what he wants, but he won’t be cheap. But, sign him. Adam Snyder? He has proven to be very versatile, and solid, if not spectacular, when they move him around the line. Like Ginn, he shouldn’t be too hard to sign.


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53 Responses to Look to the Future – – – >

  1. unca_chuck says:

    For all the good Goldson did, the indelible images from this last season were his laying out Terell Brown in what would have been a pick, and his breaking up of a pass that Carlos Rogers was about to pick off in the NFC Champ game.

  2. Alleykat says:

    I would Rachel in a heartbeat,sign Snyder causr he versatile across the line.But then go after hard for FA Pro Bowl Stud Guard Carl Nicks,Brees has to take the Franchise tag,making Nicks a possibilty.He has said as much that he won’t be back.This guy is the best guard in the league.Only had 2penaltys on year.He’s my guy i think the niners will go after.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Nicks a great but will come at a price. I wonder how much they’d be willing to invest in the line when they may just stick with Snyder.

    • Alleykat says:

      Open up the wallet Jed.Ask your Uncle Eddie,not your Dumbass father,or mother for the moola….

  4. Nipper says:

    “I want winners!”

    • Alleykat says:


  5. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, the Raiders are really pushing the envelope with the Greg Knapp hire.

  6. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Chuck, how to you know for a fact that the Niners are not serious about the “Peyton Manning hope-fest?” Who’s your source. Why is it that all the “talking heads” on all the major networks always mention SF in their top three or four as a possible destination for Peyton? I don’t think they continually say San Francisco because they’re getting free kickbacks of sourdough bread and Dungeness crab. Although that wouldn’t be a bad fallback. You can’t beat those two SF treats.

    A healthy Manning to the 49ers makes sense on many levels. And there’s no rush to re-sign Alex. At least there shouldn’t be one. Where’s he going? Who’s going to pony up more money than the Niners almost assuredly will, to a fault I might add and try and lure him away and teach him a new system? Exactly. The Niners need to be patient and see what happens with his rehab. No need to be hasty.

  7. twinfan1 says:

    There’s as much or more opposition to the to the idea as there is support. Even casual browsing demonstrates that clearly, DTD. And as Lynch points out, “With his mobility and with another year in the Harbaugh/Roman system, Smith might actually be a better quarterback right now than Manning.”
    And with these receivers and Peyton’s utter lack of mobility, he could get sacked 80 times- if he lives. It’s nice that you are trying to cloak your hatred for Smith, but I know your routine, DTD. You might fool the dunderheads,but it does’t fly here..

    • Nipper says:

      Right now obviously, Smith is better and younger and much more mobile. Harbaugh too smart to obtain a Manning.

  8. Flavor says:

    Manning is done, he’s not going to play another game in the NFL. Book it. His neck fused together fine but he still has weakness in his arm. The nerves ain’t bouncing back. He can’t throw the ball anymore……

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I already posted that piece from Yahoo sports about Manning’s slow recovery.

    Here it is again:

    For all the parrying and jousting last week over the future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, two sources say that the nerves in the quarterback’s right arm “are not healing as quickly as hoped and, worse, don’t appear to be progressing at enough of a rate to indicate that he will play again” While the vetebrae he had fused together during surgery last offseason have healed “as expected,” Manning “hasn’t shown improvement in velocity on his passes, and the two sources fear he likely never will again.” Yikes. On top of that, “two league-affiliated doctors with experience in spinal fusion surgery said it could take up to a year before Manning knows if he can return.” (That would be another year, on top of the one he just sat out.) Manning’s due a $28 million roster bonus if he’s still with the team on March 8, and with a prognosis like that, it doesn’t seem like there’s any way Colts owner Jim Irsay could keep him around, even if he wanted Manning to mentor Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who the team will almost certainly select with the no. 1 overall pick in this spring’s draft. For his part, Manning told ESPN’s Trey Wingo in a lengthy sit-down interview that the feedback he’s getting from his doctors “is encouraging,” but stopped short of guaranteeing that he would compete for an NFL roster spot next season, repeatedly saying that it’s “hard to say” how many more years he intends to play.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Jim Irsay is not going to pay Manning $51 million to sit on the bench another year. He’ll be cut some time before the March 8 deadline.

  10. Kevin says:

    Dennis, Dennis, Dennis, why do you continue to post drivel!! I have to disagree with BF though, I think some team will sign Manning if he passes a physical. Jets or Miami, not sure which one.

    • Flavor says:

      Of course someone will sign him if he passes a physical. I am say that he’s NOT going to pass the physical…….

      • Kevin says:

        The whole thing is, he appears able to throw, just not far and with not much zip on the ball. Nobody knows if the arm strength will be there or not. So the whole passing the physical, I don’t see that as a problem. If I was Manning I would not be worried about my arm as much as my neck. I would be asking the doctors if I will be able to take a whiplash type tackle. In the back of my mind I am thinking if I play there is a chance I could become paralysed from the neck down if I take just the right kind of a hit.

  11. Del Mar Dennis says:

    The NFL just approved $200M of funding for the SC stadium.
    That’s a big hurdle crossed. Now grab a goddamn shovel and start digging.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    So, the team has raised $850 mill, and this amt. puts them over a billion.

    Start digging, guys . . .

  13. Flavor says:

    saying the team “raised” 850 million is fairly deceptive. I don’t think the residents of Santa Clara would use that word to describe where that money came from (or WILL come from)

  14. unca_chuck says:

    I thought they had secured some private funding. Certainly not all of the $850 mill, but some. They have sold $225 mill in luxury boxes.

  15. phil fan says:

    New stadium info from Barrows:


    “”With the NFL’s muscle now behind the new stadium, we are moving forward,” York said in a statement. “I expect an official ground-breaking ceremony very soon. Get your hard hats ready; we are embarking on the path to the next generation of 49ers football.”

    The 49ers’ facility is the first to be funded under a new loan program that came about as part of the new collective bargaining agreement last year. Under the old program, teams received $150 million in loans.

    In early December, the team secured $850 million in loans from Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bank and Bank of America. That money is expected to be repaid from revenue generated by ticket sales, suite sales, sponsorships and naming-rights deals. In addition, the city of Santa Clara’s redevelopment agency will contribute about $40 million. A hotel tax will add another $35 million.”

  16. unca_chuck says:

    In other words, the Niners have $850 mill in loans, $75 mill from the city of Santan Clara, and now $200 million from the NFL.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Uh, Santa Clara, not Satan Clara . . .

  18. snarkk says:

    Well, it looks like this stadium is gonna happen, barring some lawsuit from disgruntled Santa Clara residents that might delay it a while longer. When the SBowl comes there, and it should, will SJose or SF be the “host city”? I’ve been around the site quite a bit over the years, I think traffic will be a nightmare on game days. Better than in/out of the Stick. I suppose. But, I don’t think geometrically better. The only in/out worth a darn are Tasman and Great America Parkway from 101 and 237. Traffic will be a zoo. If they can get light rail geared up from offsite somewhere and have a lot of parking near light rail stations not too far away, that would be the way to go. Maybe Cisco will open up its parking lots for a fee?…

  19. snarkk says:

    BTW, the $200M from the NFL is a loan. On what terms, who knows? So, that’s 1.050M in loans. That’s a pretty big monthly nut, I would guess…

  20. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Peyton Manning has been cleared to resume play.

    You guys were saying…?

  21. twinfan1 says:

    So what are Choke Boy and T-Blow going to say when they hear that DTD has moved on yet again?

  22. twinfan1 says:

    If you actually read the article, all it really says it would be safe for him to play- but not necessarily effectively.
    ““The sources said Watkins examined Manning recently in Los Angeles and concluded the stability in his neck would have allowed the quarterback to play this Sunday if the nerves in his arm had regenerated to a satisfactory performance level,” Mort writes..
    better see if Pizza Boy will take you back, DTD,.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    ‘Cleared to play’ does not mean ‘ABLE to play.’

  24. phil fan says:

    For that matter “I” am also CLEARED TO PLAY.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Then Dennis wants YOU to be the starting QB fir the Niners this year.

    • phil fan says:

      Yeah I know his type fickle, flighty, goes for everah pretty face in town, soon enough the thrill is gone and so is he. The bum.

      I may be cheap but I ain’t stoopid…

  26. Flavor says:

    Manning getting cleared to play means shit. He’s done. Book it.
    And Chuck, I don’t think you’ve been following the outrage on the *bait and switch* that Santa Clara voters are steaming about right now. I don’t think they’re going to be able to get a judge to bring this up for a vote again but they were clearly hoodwinked. The Niners aren’t assuming those loans. Santa Clara has to come up with almost 850 million. I’ll find the links later……

    • phil fan says:

      Not too surprising when big money meets wannabe big time politicians. Who gets screwed? Just the little guys, you know, the tax payers. Everything, everyone is for sale right? It’s happening all over, sadly…

  27. Flavor says:

    here, this is a good break down of the con job the Niners pulled on the Santa Clara voters…

  28. Flavor says:

    so, after reading that again, it does seem like the SC residents are wetting themselves over nothing. True, the City is assuming all the risk and they’re counting on the Niners to pay them back, but this is the NFL not some fly by night operation. They’ll get their money back, not to mention what that will do for city businesses. But Measure J was changed or altered or something after the residents voted for it. That’s bullshit.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Throw in a Super Bowl in 2018 and they’ll get theirs. Shit, the fans have been supporting a dogshit team for the past 9 years. Now that they seem to be going good, it’ll only help . . . I don;t profess to know the ins and outs of all this, but this isn’t what re-un-deal Al did to Irwindale or Oakland.

    • phil fan says:

      “That’s bullshit”.

      Yes it is Flav. And as Jimmah Doolittle’s character (is supposed to have) said in movie “Pearl Harbor”…”And it’s a very high quality of bullshit”.

      Zactly. Waddaya thinkin’? You get pure crap fpr bullshit for one billion fucking dollas?

      Fuck no. You get the best money can buy. Premium bullshit

  29. unca_chuck says:

    The pisser to me is how expensive the tix get.

  30. Nipper says:

    To compete these costly stadiums have to be built. Sure they’re too expensive but reality dictates the cost. Santa Clara is the answer as SF never really was. Too bad the Raiders can’t come in on the deal to share some of the costs. I guess it makes too much sense. The NFL would have kicked in more money for sure if they did.

  31. Del Mar Dennis says:

    More football on TV next year. Beginning in Week 2, there will be a 13 Thursday night games on the NFL Network. More NFL games on the boob tube? I bet that was a hard sell. 2/1 says we get the soon to be Super Bowl Champs Patriots in Foxborough for our Thursday night tussle.

  32. Del Mar Dennis says:

    So does Eddie D get the HOF nod tomorrow or do they make him pay for his Louisiana indiscretions? He deserves to get in, but we know how this shit works. Charles Haley, for all his crazy locker room antics should be a shoo-in. I’d vote for Parcells and Roaf as well. And I’d imagine on of the WRs gets in as well.

    Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Jack Butler* – Cornerback – 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

    Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

    Chris Doleman – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

    Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

    Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

    Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

    Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

    Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

    Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

    Willie Roaf – Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

    Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

    Dick Stanfel* – Guard – 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins

    Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Wasn’t Stanfel a Niners O line coach at some point?

    Anyhow, new post ! ! !

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