Tag:Deshaun Foster
Posted on: September 16, 2008 6:09 pm
 

2007-2007 San Francsico 49ers Offseason

Just like last year this offseason has been very good to the 49ers. I will go through each move one-by-one and rate it

The firing of Jim Hostler and hiring of Mike Martz

Easily the best move we have made this offseason. Everyone who watched the 49ers at all last season and in 2006 knows that the biggest problem was the offensive coordinator. In 2006 we had Norv Turner, one of the most accomplished offensive coordinators of all-time, and our offense was fairly average even with the lack of receivers and a sub-par offensive line, at least when it came to pass blocking. Alex Smith also was average and showed plenty of potential. Then came Jim Hostler in 2007 and the rumors that he called the plays in some of the games in 2006, those obviously weren't true. Hostler showed that he was one of the most incompetent coordinators in the history of the league with calls such as setting up a wide receiver in the backfield and running a draw on 3rd down from his own 7 yard line.

Then during the offseason we fired Hostler, which everyone saw coming, and with Cam Cameron on the market everyone thought we should have gone after him, myself included. When we announced that Martz was the new offensive coordinator I was angry at first because I didn't think we had the players to run his system. After thinking about it more, however, and listening to some of Martz's interviews I realized it was great as Martz is the perfect man to mold Alex Smith into the great quarterback I know he can be. Score: 9/10

Cuts

ILB, Derek Smith- This move still eats at me. Sure Smith was old and slow compared to Manny Lawson and Patrick Willis but at worst he was a very good back-up that could provide veteran leadership. Score: 3/10

QB, Trent Dilfer- He showed last year that he completely sucks and I never even thought that he was a good mentor for Alex Smith. Score: 10/10

WR, Darrell Jackson- I don't care what he did in Seattle he completely sucked last year. He couldn't even out perform Arnaz Battle. But I do think we could have at least traded him for a late round pick. Score: 7/10

Signings

DE, Justin Smith- A lot of people say we overpaid for a 4-3 DE that doesn't translate well to the 3-4. While I agree that he might not be suitable for our system I don't think we overpaid for him. He is a consistent player who is great against the run and has a non-stop motor. Score: 8/10

RB, DeShaun Foster- Probably my second favorite player that we signed. Foster is not only a capable back-up but he has starting ability if Frank Gore ever goes down. On top of that he is only 28 and we got him for very cheap. Score: 9/10

WR, Isaac Bruce- Bruce may be 36 years old but he still put up better numbers last season than any of our receivers, knows Martz's offense, and will be a great tutor for the younger receiver. Score: 9/10

KR/PR, Allen Rossum- Hicks was a decent return man and a decent back-up running back but he didn't have the ability to break a long return like Rossum does. Score: 6/10

OG, Qasim Mitchell- I have never heard of him before but offensive line depth can't hurt any team. Score: 5/10

LB, Dontarrius Thomas- Same thing as Mitchell. I have never heard of Thomas but when you run the 3-4 there is no such thing as too many linebackers. Score: 5/10

WR, Bryant Johnson- Johnson has the size and speed to be a legitimate number one wide receiver but he has just been buried behind Fitzgerald and Boldin. If he lives up to his potential this year than we have a young #1 guy and if not the one year contract was a great move. Score: 10/10

Our Free Agents

QB, Shaun Hill- RESIGNED; Hill was great at the end of last season going undefeated as a started and throwing 5 touchdowns to only one interception while he was at it. Why not resign him? Score: 10/10


DE, Marques Douglas- Signed by Tampa Bay; Douglas has been a great 3-4 DE for the past 5 years averaging 60 tackles and 4 sacks a season. He was also a team leader and will be sorely missed. Score: 1/10


OG, Justin Smiley- Signed by Miami; He was great it 2006 but completely sucked last year, good riddance. He still might have been able to provide depth. Score: 7/10

OT, Kwame Harris- Signed by Oakland; Could have been a good back-up but wanted too much money. Score: 6/10

DT, Isaac Sopoaga- RESIGNED; He was not great by any stretch last season but he is a solid starter and still has potential. Score: 8/10

OLB, Roderick Green- RESIGNED; At least he is better than Tully Banta-Cain. Score: 6/10

Overall
Score: 9/10
 
 
 
 
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