There's an old saying, that something's always better than a kick in the ass. My AU Eagles loss yesterday would fall under that. However, I thought of this (and thus the need for the amusing graphic) when reading a Ray Ratto column from last Sunday.
The title of Ratto's column is pretty clear: "Something better than nothing for local teams." He discusses how the 49ers and Raiders have at least done something to move forward from their respectively disastrous 2007 campaigns. Obviously I just want to concentrate on the 49ers part of the article.
And the truth is, the 49ers and Raiders are still at the do-anything-and-see-what-sticks phase of their latest reorganizations.
It's an interesting take on things and I wonder how true that is. Personally, I think the 49ers are past doing anything and seeing what sticks. If the offensive line can return to 2006 form and the defense can develop some sort of pass rush, this is a decent little team. However, the point of the article is the risk-taking by the front office this offseason. First off, Mike Martz:
Then some of the bodies brought in:
On the one hand, Ratto makes a good point in that the team is at least doing something. However, I don't agree that these moves are serious gambles. Considering how bad the 49ers offense was last season, Martz can really only be an improvement (I suppose the only downside is if he got all our QBs killed). All the free agent signings are smart, relatively low-risk options. Even the Justin Smith signing is one that balances the need for high-priced talent with financial sanity in the contract.
I guess the whole point of this is that for once, Ray Ratto isn't completely off his rocker, even if I don't totally agree with him. All in all though, I'm certainly happy the team has been as active as they've been and not coming off a poor season twiddling their thumbs hoping luck will change everything.