Happy Thursday everyone, we're still slowly inching towards the exciting part of the offseason. Free agency is when we get into the
unwarranted fun speculation, unfortunately, for now we're stuck on the less exciting current roster brand of talk. I have to admit, being a huge basketball fan (second only to football) I have been stuck on my phone all week reading about trade deadline rumors on twitter. I'm sure in about a month or so I'll be doing the exact same thing for football free agency. Unfortunately, I don't expect or deep down even want the FO to make any drastic moves. Flexibility is key in maintaining a contender, and nothing kills flexibility like signing Albert Haynesworth or Nnamdi Asomugha to massive deals.
I read a piece on SFgate by Eric Branch today. It was about a Greg Roman interview earlier this month where Roman claimed to know how to beat the Seahawks. "Here’s the formula for beating them: You can’t turn the ball over and you’ve got to create some big plays in the run or pass game." Yes, you read that correctly. You can't turn the ball over, and you need explosive plays. Really profound stuff Greg. I shouldn't be too hard on him though, everyone knows that you need to do those things to beat the Seahawks. That should really be every teams game plan in every game, It's executing the plan that is the problem with Seattle. They have a knack for getting up big very fast by forcing turnovers and getting the ball on short fields. The 49ers did a good job of playing the Seahawks properly in the NFCCG until the fourth when they started turning the ball over. They let the Seattle crowd, which had been largely taken out of the game, get the Seahawk's energy up and the rest is history. Roman’s formula for beating Seahawks screams for more speed (Branch)
The Combine begins on Saturday morning and it has to be one of the oddest things that I find fascinating to watch. I'm always interested in finding lower rated guys that have amazing measurables. The skill drills mean nothing to me, all I want to see at the combine is raw athleticism, let a players tape speak to their skill. I spotted Vance Mcdonald at the combine last year and immediately jumped on his draft bandwagon. His perfect combination of speed and strength amazed me, and after watching all the Rice tape I could find (which was not very much at all) I saw a wide receiver's skill set to go with the amazing physical attributes. Now, how well that pick actually turned out is debatable, but I still like his upside.
Every year, the media loves to speculate on whether former college coaches will draft their former players. Pete Carrol didn't draft Taylor Mays, Jim Harbaugh didn't draft Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz, Jonathan Martin, David DeCastro or any other Stanford player I can't think of. It's one of those things that coaches don't want to do unless there are no better alternatives because It's about as close to nepotism as you are going to get in a player coach relationship.