Robert Saleh, Come on Down

Well, we certainly have a young coaching staff now. But, we balance that by being inexperienced as well. Our new DC, Robert Saleh, comes from The Jags as their LB coach, and has experience working with Kyle Shanahan at their stop in Texas. Other than that, he was a defensive QC coach at a few stops. Well, they know each other. Which means at least Kyle knows what he’s getting.

How does this bode for the future? Hard to say at this point. The immediate future will likely be determined by the experienced guys they DO have. Like Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew. These guys are going to be the sounding boards for the impending free agency period March 7th and the upcoming draft on April 27th.

The 49ers have ~$100 million in cap space, and 12 draft picks. Not quite the bounty that Jerry Jones scored for for Herschel Walker back in the day, but a substantial canvas with which to rebuild a team. And speaking of Dallas, their GM’s smartest move was to fire himself and hire his son Steve to be the de facto GM. Gone are the stupid drafts and splashy talking points that he seemed to thrive on. Their last draft netted Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. Not a bad haul among the rest of their acquisitions. They took a flier with Jaylon Smith (hurt in his last college game) and Maliek Collins did well as a rookie DL. Even late CB Anthony Brown played well when pressed into service due to injuries

Point being, the 49ers are going to turn over their roster. How fast remains to be seen. But with this much wiggle room, they can do some serious retooling. As I’ve said, we DO have some pieces. I won’t belabor the needs as they pretty much involve all the skill positions, but suffice it to say, I hope we draft for the offense this year.

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26 Responses to Robert Saleh, Come on Down

  1. Winder says:

    Unless we move down and Garret is there at 2 we probably take him. Which might not be a bad idea in the long run. I too am hoping for a big offensive draft. I still want Mccaffery and I think he will go in the first rd. The dude is all heart and game and we would do well to have him. But if he’s there in the 2nd, maybe. Looks like Shaub is a good possibility so we will have to see how much our guys love whoever is left in the draft. That’s ok too since we need to take at least one QB in the draft, hopefully another one too. Maybe the UDFA market might spring something also. I am real excited to see what we do in FA, but I was the same last year and we all know how that turned out..

  2. unca_chuck says:

    I was a lot less optimistic since Baalke was still here. It may still be a train wreck but at least it’ll be a new one.

  3. NJ49er says:

    All comes down to the patience factor involving Jed and the Coaching Staff for me.
    Can’t expect to have ANY HC do something in 1 year increments.
    Drafts are always crap-shoots year to year.
    Pieces added need time to be taught at the Pro Level too.
    6yr Contracts for Lynch and Shanny is a start.
    Let them have AT LEAST 3yrs to put the plan together.
    The reason higher qualified candidates didn’t join was simply due to Jed’s petulant nature of firing people IMO.
    See where it goes soon enough.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    No one hired an experience head coach, NJ. The only guy with any experience was Coughlin to the Jags.

    As I’ve said the only thing that resonates with me is that these guys are outsiders. They aren’t beholden to the front office the way Baalke and Tomsulac and eve Kelly were.

    • NJ49er says:

      2 things scare me there in that scenario Chuck.
      1 – The experienced guys didn’t trust Jed’s track record – Hence no one took the chance.
      2 – The inexperienced guys trust that he’ll give them time –
      Something has to change. Let’s cross out fingers and hope it’s Jed.

      You know my feelings about Paraag. He’s the fly in the ointment for me and, he’s too close to Jed, to have influence on the ‘business’ concerns, which is the bottom line.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Which is why hiring guys from outside the organization was so important.

    What experienced guys? Who was hired that had experience? None of the guys hired had experience. It’s not like Walsh is waiting on the dudwlines for a better opp.

    • 12th Man says:

      The only experienced guy I can think of was McDaniels and for my money Shanny was the better choice of the 2.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. Totally with you on that front. I did think Coughlin would have been a solid addition as EVP, but I think we are in good shape regardless.

    • 12th Man says:

      Shanny has his RB coach Bobby Turner to turn to for the experience area so I think that works. Not too enthused about his DC pick, and it looks like a 4-3 hybrid scheme is coming something like the Squawks run, but time will tell if he is up to it.

      I like the new vibe and fans are expecting it to take time which eases the pressure.

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    First let’s not forget that Walsh had 2 losing seasons before he put a team together. With that said what is everyone’s expectations for the next 2 years? I don’t have any, I just want to see changes, good ones. Draft players that are not hurt, and are not projects.

    • Winder says:

      Kevin- I have high expectations but not concerning our win/loss record. I would like to see us become a well rounded team that plays with heart. I really like John Lynch and I think he will back up his words. The more I find out about Shanny the more I like him, I think he’s really is the right guy for us. We as fans are gonna see right away how these guys operate and I am excited to see how this pans out.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    All about the offense for me. It HAS to improve a lot for me to start feeling good. We may eve go with a placeholder (Schaub) at QB but we need to improve markedly.

    I think the team has more young talent than most others think.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Those first couple Niners seasons under Walsh, the offense improved markedly. The defense took time. Which my hope here and now.

    • Winder says:

      I used to feel bad for Deberg. We could score points but couldn’t stop anyone. The defense was so bad in those years that I don’t think I made through a whole game without having to leave the room.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    They were signing CBs literally off El Camino in Redwood City in ’78 and 79.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Well Chuck, the Combine Invites were announced today.
    My sleeper QB got snubbed. Which means, in essence, he’ll be even cheaper 😀

    • NJ49er says:

      ILB Jordan Herdman is another guy I was looking forward to seeing in Indy.
      He could be a sleeper option as well.
      I’ve seen conflicting stats on Ht/Wt with him and, his 40 time wasn’t stellar either.
      He did, however, show some respectable numbers in terms of Tkls and PBUs.

    • NJ49er says:

      ILB Connor Harris from Lindenwood is another guy to keep an eye on.
      These guys will be project Picks but could be excellent ST guys on the cheap to start.

  12. Nipper says:

    After the Baalke years the word “cheap” should be excised from the 49ers lexicon. If they’re ready to pay the freight on talent success is much more possible than before.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah the only reason I like Zack Terrell is he’s a pro style QB. Worth a 6th round flier.

  14. Nipper says:

    No ones posting today? What happened to Winder? And Chuck not ripping Skeeber’s Asylum? How can this be?

  15. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up. When the posting stops is usual.y means I need to come up with something new, Nip.

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