Trey Lance?

Word out there is that the QB search is now down to Jones and Lance. This according to Mike Lombardi. Fields will not the the 3rd pick by the 49ers according to whatever inside source Lombardi has. Granted, no one gets held to these pronouncements very much so the grain of salt is 20 feet high.

As I’ve said from the beginning, my thought has always been that Lance provides the best fit for the style of Shanahan’s offense. He runs more play action than the others, and checks the boxes for mobility, accuracy and throwing the deep ball.

Lance is of course having a second pro day tomorrow so we will send the gang out to North Dakota for a look-see. At least the draft is coming up. 11 days!

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45 Responses to Trey Lance?

  1. Winder says:

    Until I hear Lynch or Shanny say it I don’t believe any of these guys. One think I do know is that in 11 days we will find out. It wouldn’t surprise me that the Jets are bullshitting about Wilson too.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    I think Wilson is the real deal. If they pass on him, we will take him.

  3. alleykat69 says:

    Dont believe the hype.There going with Justin Fields..

  4. alleykat69 says:

    Don’t believe the hype, Justin Fields will be the pick..

  5. NJ49er says:

    Trent Williams went #4 overall to Shanny & Shanny in DC.
    Some are comparing Penei Sewell to Trent.
    What are the odds?
    I’d love to see them flip the Draft upside down 😀

    • NJ49er says:

      At 3 they appear to have the pick of the lot, after 2 QBs are expected to be taken ahead of them.

  6. NJ49er says:

    But, here’s what I’ve got for options if they do go the QB route –

    Mac Jones – AL – 6’3″/214
    Justin Fields – OH St – 6’3″/228
    Trey Lance – NDSU – 6’4″/226
    Davis Mills – Stanford – 6’4″/217
    Kellen Mond – TX A&M – 6’3″/217

  7. NJ49er says:

    Here’s my Sleeper pick to replace McGlinchey –

  8. NJ49er says:

    Not to mention he’s been working with Joe Staley prepping for the Draft –

  9. Winder says:

    Nj- so you would give 3 1st rders for an OLineman. I know they are important but…to me that’s kinda crazy.

    • NJ49er says:

      Something to think about Winder.
      Lynch and Shanny scare me to some degree.
      QB is certainly the reason they gave away the bounty they did.
      I just like the idea of doing the unpredictable for the shock factor 😀

    • unca_chuck says:

      There’s shock factor and there’s getting fired. I mean, it may happen anyway if these guys get the wrong QB, but that is to be determined later.

      • NJ49er says:

        I still gotta wonder when the Jimmy/Pats shoe drops too Chuck.
        Too many Picks involved to think anything but QB for sure.
        I’m just tempted to grab a less risky option and see what/who would sell out for that Pick other than us.
        Crapshoot no matter how you slice it.
        I don’t think Lynch has the heart to gamble any more than he already has to get to 3.
        I’m just having flashbacks to Solomon Thomas.

      • unca_chuck says:

        All the more reason to get a QB. I don’t think they draft into the 3 to draft out of it.

        Weirder shit has happened I guess, but with a glaring need at QB and 3 solid guys to pick from, they will pull the trigger on one of them.

  10. Alexis Smith says:

    It’s a shame that the ringless wonder boy is retiring after not doing anything for the Whiners except move them to the South Bay. And Jimmy G retired years ago when he decided to live the good life on Grindr. So it’ll be interesting to see which bust QB they’ll draft.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    If they don;t move Jimmy it gives me more reason in my head that they take Jones,

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Keep trying skippy. Mama should buy you comedy lessons.

  13. Barleyfreak says:

    Maybe Lombardi does know something. Maybe the jets take Fields. That wouldn’t actually surprise me. I still am awfully wary on Jones. Let’s face it, the bust potential is there whether it’s Wilson Fields Lance or Jones. But that would always be the case. I just think that we need to get someone who’s got some legs IN the pocket. I don’t want someone who’s going to be Kaepernick 2.0. but our offensive line has historically not been designed for pass protection, so it just seems in terms of gambling, mobility has to be there. Hope we get it right.

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    It would be a crying shame if they take Jones.

  15. Irish Kevin says:

    Mock draft with value players added in, Chris Burke of the Atlantic

    3. San Francisco 49ers (via Miami Dolphins): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

    As Matt Barrows recently pointed out, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is tight with John Beck, the ex-NFL quarterback who’s now the private QB coach for Fields (and Trey Lance). That’s an invaluable connection in a challenging scouting environment. Fields, somehow, is almost flying under the radar despite his outstanding skill set.

    Value option: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia. A well-built quarterback who can be a challenge to bring down, Newman has the potential to be a better pocket passer than he is.

  16. Winder says:

    If we keep Jimmy then I hope we take Lance but Fields looks like he might handle the NFL also. They are all gambles. I hate that we gave up so much draft capitol but the damage has been done so we gotta live with it. They better get it right. I would like to see both Shanny and Lynch here for years to come.

  17. alleykat69 says:

    They give up that much capitol to draft Mac Jones,Shanny&Lynch won’t be there after they’re contracts expire if not before.It will be a grade F, and the 1st worse pick of the draft, which no team wants to have that label stuck to them.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that’s the crux of the biscuit. Mac Jones very well could be Big Ben 2.0. I will be pissed if they draft him, but I won’t call it a failure until it actually happens. Everybody coming into the league has their detractors. Some warranted, some not. But to throw him under the bus before giving him a couple years is putting the cart before the horse.

  19. NJ49er says:

    I still find it odd that Bill, Caserio, Jimmy and Deshaun all swim together in a Draft class where WE, go ALL IN, to get into the 3 hole.
    Call me suspicious… 😀

  20. NJ49er says:

    Bring in the Pre Draft Buzz kill….

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Ohio State QB Justin Fields is managing epilepsy but it is not expected to interfere with his ability to play football.
    Nothing says “draft season” like the disclosure of minor medical details. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause seizures. Rapoport added that doctors believe Fields will outgrow his epilepsy as his family members have. This should have little to no effect on his draft stock.

  21. Dorx of the Biscuit says:

    First of all, nobody under the age of 90 uses the phrase “crux of the biscuit”. Furthermore, by saying you’d be pissed if they drafted Mac Jones you ARE throwing him under the bus already. But you made it work out in your feeble brain for yourself: if they draft him and he sucks, you’ll say you were pissed and saw it coming. If he is Big Ben 2, then you’ll say you didn’t throw him under the bus and knew his potential. Whatevs.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Well that shows your character that you aren’t a fan of Frank Zappa. And your post makes no sense. Keep trying, skippy. You’re neither funny nor right.

  23. Irish Kevin says:

    This is a really good article by Robert Mays of the Atlantic, it tells why teams fail after drafting a QB in the first round

    The lead-up to this year’s NFL Draft has been unlike any in recent memory. Beyond the nonexistent combine, increased attention for pro days and relative lack of information (and prospects) compared with recent years, the near-certainty of QBs going 1-2-3 has placed an outsized focus on a position that already soaks up most of the pre-draft attention.

    But there’s a reason quarterbacks suck up so much oxygen this time of year, why this will almost surely be remembered as the Trevor Lawrence–Zach Wilson–Mac Jones(?) draft, no matter what happens in the rest of the top 10. At a period of the NFL calendar defined by hope — misplaced or not — nothing creates more excitement than a highly drafted quarterback. For Jaguars and Jets fans, Lawrence and Wilson are possibility personified. They’re opportunities to right the wrongs of previous regimes and set both forlorn franchises on the path to prosperity. Yet the sad, crushing reality is that despite all the starry-eyed optimism swirling around this class, at least one of the first-round QBs is likely to fail. And maybe by no fault of his own. Because for all the time and ink spent on these quarterbacks in the months before the draft, far less thought is given to the circumstances they’re walking into.

    Highly drafted quarterbacks fail for a multitude of reasons — namely that many of them were never set up to succeed in the first place. Teams that draft a quarterback in the first round are rarely thriving, and that means the draft’s best players often move into houses with crumbling walls and rotting foundations. Football folks will remember the horror show of an offensive line in Houston after the Texans drafted David Carr No. 1 in 2002, but that’s far from the only example. Alex Smith retired earlier this week after a decade and a half in the NFL, but his career was nearly sabotaged when the 49ers cycled through six offensive coordinators in his first six seasons. History is littered with examples of highly drafted quarterbacks who fizzled out, at least in part, because the franchises that pegged those players as saviors ultimately failed them.

    With that history in mind — and the first round of the draft just a week away — I wanted to step away from this group of quarterbacks and take a look at the support system waiting for them in places like Jacksonville, New York and San Francisco. Instead of wondering how Lawrence and Wilson can help their new teams, let’s take a look at a few key areas that provide some insight into how those teams are positioned to help their quarterbacks, based on the lessons we can learn from recent successes and failures at the position.


    Of all the possible factors involved here, a team’s draft capital and cap space are probably the least exciting, but they’re no less important. The Jaguars and the Jets are fortunate in that they landed the top two picks in a QB-heavy draft without having to make any trades, and they each have another pick in the first round to continue building out the rest of their roster.

    Over the past few years, we’ve seen the practical effect that a lack of picks can have on a team’s effort to properly surround a young quarterback. The 2018 draft is a useful example. To move from No. 6 to No. 3 to secure Sam Darnold, the Jets traded two second-round picks in 2018 (Nos. 36 and 47) and a 2019 second-round pick. Later in the first round, the Bills traded the 53rd pick and the 56th pick to move from No. 12 to No. 7 and snag Josh Allen. That move came after Buffalo had already dealt offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati to move up from No. 21 to No. 12 a month earlier. To land their quarterback of the future, both teams sacrificed draft capital that could’ve been used to surround that quarterback with more help. From there, though, their plans diverged.

    Losing multiple second-round picks (and in Buffalo’s case, multiple picks and a starting-caliber tackle) requires a team to build the crucial connective tissue of its roster through other means. The Bills and the Jets turned to free agency in March 2019 to supplement their roster before their QBs’ sophomore seasons, but they did it in very different ways. For the second year in a row, the Jets shopped at the top of the market, paying a premium for expensive free agents like C.J. Mosley and Le’Veon Bell. The Bills were aggressive in adding center Mitch Morse to the mix but otherwise pursued mid-tier free agents making between $3.5 million and $9 million per season, including multiple additions along the offensive line (which we’ll get to). By taking the money the Jets would pay for one free agent and using it to roll the dice on multiple players, the Bills were able to fill out the meat of their roster via the open market, which is a difficult needle to thread.

    Any aggressive trade-up for a quarterback makes properly surrounding that player more difficult, but teams with strong infrastructure have been able to overcome those lost picks. It’s fallen apart over the past couple of years, but the Eagles had arguably the league’s best roster in 2017 one year after trading a massive haul for Carson Wentz. Sean McVay’s arrival in Los Angeles helped the Rams deal with a shortage of draft capital from the Jared Goff grade. And the best example is probably the Chiefs, who were a well-constructed playoff team by the time they traded up for Patrick Mahomes in 2017.

    By trading away two future first-round picks to secure the No. 3 pick, the 49ers signaled that they believe they’re in a similar position to the one Kansas City faced before landing Mahomes. There are some legitimate questions about San Francisco’s thinning secondary, but for the most part, the Niners roster resembles the one that went to the Super Bowl after the 2019-20 season. After re-signing left tackle Trent Williams this offseason, Kyle Shanahan’s team doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses on offense. The Niners likely concluded that a potential upgrade and more certainty at QB would provide more value than any pair of first-round picks over the next two years. It doesn’t take much of a leap to get there, but if that upgrade doesn’t materialize, the potential holes left by those missing first-round picks become more and more apparent. Injuries have ravaged this team multiple times in the past few seasons, and betting on a single player to overcome a potential shortage of talent elsewhere on the roster is always a delicate balancing act.

    Pass protection

    How teams prioritize protection and ultimately build an offensive line around their first-round QB is constantly fascinating. Over the past decade or so, there have been examples at every point along the spectrum. After Goff was pressured on 43.6 percent of his dropbacks as a rookie in 2016 (the fourth-highest rate in the league, according to Pro Football Focus), the Rams made a point to bring in left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan during McVay’s first offseason. The Eagles boasted one of the league’s top lines early in Wentz’s career, thanks in part to the 2016 addition of free-agent guard Brandon Brooks.

    On the opposite end, the Andrew Luck era Colts famously failed to keep their QB upright, as the combination of a vertical passing game, shoddy offensive line showings and Luck’s own play style caused him to lead the league in QB knockdowns in each of his first three seasons. More recently, the Jets and Cardinals struggled to provide adequate protection for Darnold, Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray early in their careers. In 2019 — the same year the Jets spent big on Bell and Mosley in free agency — Darnold was pressured on 41.9 percent of his dropbacks, the second-highest rate in the league. As a rookie in 2018, Rosen was pressured 40.4 percent of the time, which ranked fourth in the NFL.

    That same year, two other top-15 picks ranked first and second in pressure rate among all QBs: Deshaun Watson (44.7 percent) and Josh Allen (43.4 percent). Both players’ tendency to extend plays may have compounded the problem, but it was clear that the Texans and Bills needed to make upgrades to their offensive lines to give their young QBs a chance. The way those teams went about fixing the problem couldn’t have been more different.

    As mentioned above, the Bills spread out their free-agency spending in 2019 among several players along the offensive line. Morse was brought in as the unquestioned starter at center, making top-of-the-market money. But elsewhere along the line, Buffalo took several low-risk gambles to find a workable group of five starters. It’s a strategy that continued last season, when the Bills signed right tackle Daryl Williams to a modest one-year deal in free agency. Contrast Buffalo’s cover-your-bases approach to the line with Houston’s decision to trade two first-round picks and a future second to acquire left tackle Laremy Tunsil. In 2019, Watson still finished seventh in percentage of pressured dropbacks, and Allen fell all the way to 14th.

    Buffalo’s approach to the offensive line during the Brandon Beane era has been a strong argument in favor of fielding a solid if unspectacular line that features no obvious weak links. Providing a quarterback with that type of reliable protection early in his career can be crucial in aiding his development. Just ask the Bengals and Chargers, both of which went into last season with substandard offensive lines and were forced to hold their breath as their rookie quarterbacks tried to navigate traffic in the pocket. This spring, both teams have scrambled to add new bodies up front, with the Chargers signing three new starters in free agency and the Bengals bringing in Riley Reiff to hold down the starting right tackle spot.

    Having five serviceable starters in place is a massive boost to any offense, and that line of thinking likely motivated the Jaguars to give the franchise tag to left tackle Cam Robinson — a move that might not mesh with the team’s timeline at first glance. Paying $13.8 million for a mid-tier tackle in the heart of a rebuild may seem strange, but retaining Robinson ensures that the Jags’ entire line returns intact. Tearing down a roster to the studs with the hopes of starting over sounds great in theory, but taking it too far leaves a No. 1 pick like Lawrence fending for himself. Jacksonville’s approach of purging virtually every area of its roster of expensive veterans except the offensive line could allow the Jags to reap the benefits of bottoming out while still protecting Lawrence in the short term. Even if Jacksonville doesn’t see Robinson as a long-term answer, the new regime under general manager Trent Baalke has three more picks in this year’s top 45 to potentially bolster the offensive line room. No matter what happens, the Jaguars will likely be able to provide Lawrence with better protection than is typically afforded to players going with the No. 1 pick. The Jags also retained respected offensive line coach George Warhop from the previous staff, which should make the transition for this group even easier.

    The Jets, unfortunately, are in a very different position. Last season, the Jets’ starting quarterbacks finished first and second in PFF pressure rate, with Darnold (42.1 percent) just behind Joe Flacco (44.5 percent). The team’s pass-protection woes last season weren’t for lack of trying. General manager Joe Douglas took a similar approach to the one that Beane did in 2019, throwing multiple darts at free agents and hoping that might solve the problem. But so far, additions like George Fant, Connor McGovern, and Greg Van Roten haven’t really moved the needle.

    To this point in the offseason, the Jets haven’t made any significant upgrades to that group, with former Chargers guard Dan Feeney as the lone addition. It’s certainly possible that Douglas uses either his second pick in the first round or another premium pick to add to the line. If not, the Jets will be banking on in-house improvements like more snaps from left tackle Mekhi Becton (who suffered through multiple injuries as a rookie) and the impact of first-year offensive line coach John Benton. Landing Benton as part of head coach Robert Saleh’s staff is significant for the Jets. Few coaches at the position have a longer track record in the Gary Kubiak-Kyle Shanahan system. Benton spent eight years with Kubiak in Houston before eventually following Shanahan to San Francisco in 2017. Bringing an experienced line coach as part of first-year coordinator Mike LaFleur’s staff could go a long way in helping the Jets mitigate their offensive line issues, but as of right now, last year’s struggles should be enough to have Zach Wilson sweating a bit.

    Pass-catching talent

    I hate to keep bringing up the Bills, but Buffalo’s approach to building its receiving corps under Beane is yet another example of how a team can help its young quarterback. Some of the most effective pass-catching groups to be paired with highly drafted QBs in recent years have been filled with players whose skill sets fit together like puzzle pieces. The combination of Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and John Brown (or 2020 rookie Gabriel Davis) is an ideal blend of different strengths, even if the group lacks ideal size on paper. The Rams teams at the beginning of the McVay era are another useful example. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks all filled specific roles within McVay’s offense and provided different types of outlets for Goff. Obviously, the Chiefs with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are a supercharged version of this same idea.

    During Darnold’s time with the Jets, the franchise struggled to consistently supply him with adequate pass-catching talent, but Wilson would already be facing much different circumstances in his rookie season. Douglas didn’t do much to tinker with the offensive line this spring, but he was aggressive in adding pass-catching talent to the Jets roster. Free-agent addition Corey Davis (three years, $37.5 million) profiles as a 1b option who will pair with 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims on the outside in LaFleur’s offense, with either free-agent signee Keelan Cole (one year, $5.5 million) or Jamison Crowder manning the slot.

    Like the Jets, the Jags and the Niners are well-positioned with pass-catching options for their rookie quarterback, whoever it may be. San Francisco has two dynamic young receivers in Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk to go along with all-world tight end George Kittle and the Niners’ multifaceted group of backfield options. Aiyuk, in particular, feels like he’s on the brink of an explosive second season. Jacksonville’s situation is more fluid, considering Baalke and head coach Urban Meyer weren’t a part of the regime that added players like D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault, but Jacksonville won’t be devoid of pass-catching talent for Lawrence to work with. Meyer brought in veteran contested-catch artist Marvin Jones, who played for Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the past two years in Detroit, and it’s certainly possible that the Jags use one of their three remaining premium picks in this draft to add even more pop to their receiving corps. In terms of personnel, it doesn’t take that much imagination to picture the Jags being a viable offense from Day 1 if Lawrence is as good as advertised.

    Play caller and scheme

    There are plenty of reasons Carolina was willing to take a chance on Darnold despite his horrendous numbers with the Jets. Some of them — a lack of protection, a lack of weapons — we’ve already touched on, but none matters quite like the specter of Adam Gase. Buying low on former Gase quarterbacks has become a growth industry in the NFL. The Titans managed to swipe Ryan Tannehill from the Dolphins in 2019 for the low price of a fourth-round pick. Since taking over as Tennessee’s starter, Tannehill — not Mahomes, not Aaron Rodgers — leads the NFL in expected points added per play among quarterbacks.

    A harmonious relationship between quarterback and play caller is a necessary component of any successful NFL offense. As a rookie under Jeff Fisher’s staff in 2016, Goff finished 31st among 31 qualified QBs in EPA/play and the Rams finished dead last in scoring offense. During his first year with McVay, Goff finished fifth in that same metric, and the Rams led the league in points per game (29.9).

    Goff is the most extreme example, but there are plenty of others. Baker Mayfield looked like a completely different quarterback last season under Kevin Stefanski than he had in his second year with Freddie Kitchens. The Ravens built their entire offensive approach around Lamar Jackson, including the decision to elevate Greg Roman to be the team’s offensive coordinator in 2019. Jackson justified their commitment with an MVP award that winter. The Bills’ choice to pluck offensive coordinator Brian Daboll from the college ranks and pair him with Allen has helped turn Buffalo into one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league. These are transformative partnerships, ones that can make all the difference in whether a top-10 pick looks like an All-Pro or a player unfit to start in the NFL.

    With the Niners, there are no questions about the brain trust behind the offense. So much of the intrigue around San Francisco’s decision at No. 3 is the belief that any player they pick will be walking into a quarterback paradise. Like Mahomes in 2017, whichever guy the 49ers select will be in the rare position of being a top-10 pick who’s paired with one of the league’s best play callers.

    The situations with the Jets and Jags are more familiar. Teams picking in the top three are often doing so with a brand new coaching staff, and that’s precisely what’s happening with those teams. But that’s where the similarities end. Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a known quantity in NFL circles. Before spending the past two years as the Lions’ offensive coordinator, Bevell spent seven years calling plays for Pete Carroll in Seattle. There’s no way to know at this point what sort of imprint Meyer will have on the structure of the Jaguars offense, but as far as veteran offensive coordinators go, there are far worse options than Bevell.

    He may not be the most exciting name for fans, but Bevell’s offenses in Seattle ranked seventh in EPA/dropback during his seven seasons in Seattle. Under Bevell in 2019, Matthew Stafford had the most efficient eight-game stretch of his entire career. Bevell also helped oversee the first few stages of Russell Wilson’s career, as the Seahawks QB went from a cog in the machine to a bonafide superstar. That transition may not be necessary in Lawrence’s case, but a play caller with experience instructing his young QB in certain situations could prove useful. Bevell’s history with heavy play action and schemed vertical shots down the field could also prove beneficial early on as the Jags try to limit Lawrence’s mental workload. How the trio of Bevell, Meyer and passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will ultimately define the Jags offense is a subject of great intrigue, but it’s safe to say that Lawrence is in capable hands.

    Wilson’s situation with the Jets is significantly murkier. The assumption is that offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will borrow heavily from Shanahan’s offense in San Francisco, but that’s about all we know. LaFleur has spent the past eight years working under Shanahan in different capacities with the Browns, Falcons and Niners — the past three of which he spent as the passing game coordinator for one of the league’s most creative offenses. Stealing a coach from an innovative staff is a practice as old as football itself, but there’s always a question about what assistants will do after they’ve gone out on their own. The Andy Reid tree is filled with former assistants who never quite captured the magic of their former boss. To this point, the Shanahan-adjacent coaches have proven to be excellent hires when given an opportunity. McVay and Matt LaFleur spent their formative years in coaching under Shanahan when he was an offensive coordinator, and both seem to be doing just fine.

    The success of that offensive system in recent years, with coaches like Arthur Smith and Stefanski also running their individual versions over the past two seasons, should produce plenty of optimism among the Jets faithful. But until we see it, there’s no telling what LaFleur will be as a play caller. The good news is that even with the play-calling aspect still a question mark, the Jets have checked a few other boxes as they build a support system for their young QB. Compared with other noteworthy examples (as recent as Joe Burrow a year ago), the Jets, Jaguars and Niners seem better positioned to guide the early days of their young QBs’ careers than other teams picking in the top five.

    The hope in those places isn’t unfounded. Pretty soon, we’ll find out whether it was justified.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    That’s a solid article. The main point is well taken. What are these guys walking into? The Niners have a top 5 defense, and very possibly a #1 defense should we stay healthy. We have a top-tier play caller in Shanahan. Our weapons in Aiyuk, Samuel, and Kittle is top-tier as well. Our run game will take pressure off whoever is behind Alex Mack. Yes, we need depth at WR, but it isn’t like we are a team like the Jets, coming off a 2-14 season and 10 losing seasons the last 11 years, and no playoff appearances.

    The other teams? Well, the Jets have been shooting themselves in the feet for 11 years now, and you have to wonder if they are going to finally get some weapons around their new QB. Prolly Wilson. Darnold is a low risk get, mainly because of the Jets situation. Shiot, he very well may be Archie Manning in waiting. This could be a breath of fresh air for him. But truly, I doubt it.

    The Jags? They have been all over the place. I think they end up in better shape faster than the Jets, but we stand to get the biggest boost from a new QB, whether this your or next.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      But like the article pointed out, teams upgrade their QB but don’t get him the pass protection the QB needs. This has been a Niner problem since A Smith!

    • Winder says:

      Disregarding the OJ Simpson signing this has to be the biggest gamble the Niners have taken. At least in my memory. But, when you think back to some of our 1st rd pick(woods, McGrue(sp), Drunkenmiller, etc…) we have totally screwed up numerous 1st rd picks. The damage will be great if we fuck this one up but it won’t be insurmountable and we will get over it. I have bought into the Shanny/Lynch/Peters FO and i truly hope we get this one right whoever it is. I have no clue which one is the best QB and I doubt most people know.

  25. Winder says:

    This is different. We picked up another Raider today DL Maurice Hurst. That makes two in two days. It’s usually the Raiders who pick up our castoffs. I actually like both pickups though I think it’s gonna be tough for Key to make the 53.

  26. Irish Kevin says:

    Chronicle has. The Niners looking at D Lineman in the draft, why? When they clearly need O linemen that can pass protect

    • Winder says:

      Kevin- I have a hard time believing anything the media says about this draft. Pretty sure we are looking at OL’s also, we could use some help in a lot of areas.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Ask 10 writers and you’ll get at least 6 different answers. I’ve felt the last couple seasons that they would draft a corner, but avoided it for some reason. I mean, Lynch is a little more predictable that Baalke was as Trent seemed to be throwing darts at the wrong dart board. But this one is still a big giant who knows?

    new thread is up.

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