Fooch's Note: Coach Harbaugh has spoken over and over again about the value of versatility. Given how deep the 49ers roster is heading into 2012 training camp, players battling for the final few roster spots will have to display such versatility. The biggest display of versatility is through special teams play, but even guys like Isaac Sopoaga have shown versatility coming in as extra blockers.
It's a great time to be a 49er fan. With the Harbaugh regime (I just love the sound of that word) in place, we have went from a laughingstock to a real contender. Our Defense is mentioned in the same breath as the 2000 Baltimore Ravens (one of the greatest D's known to humankind). Our team is versatile.
Versatile? What do you mean by versatile ak4niner?
Definition of VERSATILE (as given by Merriam-Webster)
1: changing or fluctuating readily : variable "a versatile disposition"
2: embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also : turning with ease from one thing to another
3a (1) : capable of turning forward or backward : reversible "a versatile toe of a bird" (2) : capable of moving laterally and up and down "versatile antennae"
3b of an anther : having the filaments attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely
4: having many uses or applications "versatile building material"
We have TE's blocking, OL's catching, NT's running the ball, K's throwing, and we have Superman (aka Andy Lee). So, with all of this going on, who is the most versatile 49er? Is it Soap? Joe? VD? Smith? Ginn? Akers?
Nope. Jim Harbaugh is the most versatile 49er.
He can still throw the ball.
Need an extra holder? There's Jim.
How about a sub for the TE? Jim will do that for you.
Need a friend? Ask Lee and Akers.
How about how to answer questions and say next to nothing? Ask the media.
Motivational speaker? Ask Alex Smith.
Need your hand shook? How about a subtle insult about the opposing coach's toughness? (It was totally on me, my fault. I shook his hand too hard...)
Jim is known for squeezing every last drop of talent out of his players.
Coach Harbaugh is loyal to his team, gives credit where it is due, has almost become a cult icon among players and fans alike, and knows his football.
Oh yeah, he can also coach.
What are your thoughts on who is most versatile? What makes them versatile?