In Aaron Erickson’s post free agency roster analysis that I included in the links below, he questions Joe William’s work ethic and claims Joe did not have the same acceleration and decisive cuts that made him a must have for Shanahan. Aaron then goes on to claim we need a 220 to 230 pound battering ram in the draft.
It seemed to me that Joe Williams ran the ball better than most people tend to give him credit averaging over five yards per carry. His main problems were his inability to pick up the offense quickly and his three or four fumbles.
When Kyle Shanahan briefly mentioned Tevin Coleman while discussing Joe Williams in a recent interview, it set me to thinking that maybe he really is trying to recreate the Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman tandem in the bay. He brought in Jerick McKinnon to copy the Devonta Freeman part and it still seemed like he was hoping Williams could recreate the Tevin Coleman role.
But what if Joe Williams fails? Matt Breida is more like another Freeman so that doesn’t help? Will we be as effective without our Coleman? Perhaps we should draft a player to play that role? Which college prospect has the best chance of filling the Coleman role? Tevin Coleman only weighs around 210 pounds so I doubt it will be one of those battering rams so vividly prancing around in Erickson’s imagination. Any ideas? Perhaps Ronald Jones out of USC? The 49ers have shown a little interest in him but I really don’t have any idea.
Congratulations to Richard Sherman and his lovely new bride, they seem like a wonderful couple and I wish them many years of happiness.
Now onto the hot links:
See beautiful photos and video from Richard Sherman’s wedding Alysha Tsuji
Mike Zimmer on Jerick McKinnon’s Contract: ‘He’s Worth It’ Joe Fann
What’s the best fit for OBJ, if/when he’s traded? Mike Florio
FNS Podcast: President Al Guido Shares Business Side Update Video
Why Sporting News lists the 49ers as one of three reasonable trade destinations for Odell Beckham Jr. David Bonilla
Shanahan took advantage of every second to teach Garoppolo Matt Maiocco
Why Roger Craig deserved more from Hall-of-Fame voters Clark Judge
1 stat to know for every NFL team’s top-graded free agent signing Mark Chichester
Post Free Agency Roster Analysis: Offense Aaron Erickson
49ers look to Richard Sherman to provide leadership for young defense Nick Wagoner