Hindsight being 20/20 we can all look back with all of this aquired information and come to a common conclusion. In this post I will hone in on what I feel are the most pivitol moments in recent 49ers history.
I will attempt to string things together in a specific order as to what led to what, and why. The most pivital component is the 2005 NFL draft. For the first time during my tenure as a 49ers fan, I was privilaged to enjoy an anxiety filled off-season, knowing we held the "Big Joker". Due to laziness on draft day I did not attend the NFL draft. Adorned in a brand new authentic Ronnie Lott jersey I watched from the comforts of my couch.
And with the number overall pick, the San Fransisco 49ers select...........Alex Smith from the University of Utah. (Applause) In my heart of hearts I contest even now, that I knew the 49ers were going to pick Aaron Rodgers. Most people probably felt it didn't matter. After all, we were all clomoring for USC's super star FOH QB Matt Leinart who decided to stay for his senior year. In the "Butterfly Effect Machine" imagine if Leinart enters the draft in his Junior year. By the way, anyone know where Leinart is presently?
With the 3rd pick of the 2005 NFL draft we selected Frank Gore, RB from Miami, the U. If not for his two reconstructed knees, Frank Gore would have easily been a top ten pick in that draft. His longevity, and productivity is a testiment to Gore's charecter, and durability. He indured some rough years in this franchise.
Now lets delve into 1st day draft picks that were a total waste. On this list there are players such as Kentwan Balmer 1st round, Manny Lawson 1st rd, Chilo Rachal 2nd rd., Taylor Mays 2nd rd, Glen Coffee although a 3rd rounder was hyped up as Gore's successor, Davis Baas 2nd rd, and for all intense purposes I will note the 2004-2003 first round busts, Kwame Harris, and Rashawn Woods. Also worth noting A.J. Jenkins is on the hot seat. I reserve a great level of patience for him due in part to Harbaugh knowing what he's doing, and Jerry Rice's rookie year being kinda shaky.
Now I will dive into Harbaugh's stubborn decisions in the 2011 post season costing us the super bowl. We had injuries on offense galore. First we cut Braylon Edwards, Delanie Walker was still in recovery from a broken jaw. Kyle Williams was questionable due to a concussion Josh Morgan on IR and Ted Ginn being his usual soft injury prone self. We entered the NFC championship game with a starting tandom that included Crabtree, Kyle Williams, Brett Swain and Joe Hastings, and talk of moving V.D. to WR. Many people blame the NFCCG on Kyle Williams, others blame it on Alex Smith for being 1-13 on 3rd down conversions. The truth is, Harbaugh blew it when it counted most. I recall him blowing it in the Dallas Cowboy gsme in that same regular season by refusing to accept a penalty. It cost us that game. Heartbreaking to say the least.
One might say, we needed these things in order to learn and grow. I would agree to an extent. And grown we have. The most intriguing player in the history of the NFL was drafted in the 2nd rd. Due to Harbaalke agreeing to trade up for who they obviously believe would be the 49rs franchise QB. Time will reveal this to be true I believe.
What if we did not draft LeMichael James in the second rd.? What if we didn't aquire Moss, Manningham, and A.J. Jenkins. With issues at the WR position yet again, it's fair to say Harbagh has learned from the past.http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/21146205/ers-notebook-jim-harbaugh-to-name-starting-qb-wednesday