Tag:Justin Smith
Posted on: September 16, 2008 6:12 pm

2008 Post Draft Predicted Roster/Depth Chart

Now this is subject to change because we might make some more moves.

Offense (24):

QB1: Alex Smith - I just don't see him being beat out in training camp by Hill
QB2: Shaun Hill - He was great last year but I think a lot of that was luck
QB3: J.T. O'Sullivan - Martz likes him and it is always good to have a capable 3rd string QB

RB1: Frank Gore - Don't really need an explanation here
RB2: DeShaun Foster - Foster could be an average starter and will be a great back-up
RB3: Thomas Clayton - He showed potential last preseason while Michael Robinson seems to have topped out

FB: Moran Norris - I heard we are trying to convert MRob to FB but I think that is a longshot

TE1: Vernon Davis - Obviously
TE2: Delanie Walker - I don't see us keeping 3 tight ends and Walker is a better receiver than Bajema so Martz will like that

WR1: Bryant Johnson - He has the skills to be a #1 but I am not sure on this
WR2: Arnaz Battle - Battle is a great number 2 option and no one is taking his job
WR3: Isaac Bruce - Bruce will be the perfect slot receiver for Martz
WR4: Jason Hill - He could live up to his potential and jump up a few spots
WR5: Josh Morgan (R) - Has potential and probably won't get cut
WR6: Robert Jordan (R)- I think Jordan fits the mold of a "Martz" WR more than Colvin

LT1: Joe Staley - We drafted him to play here and he seems ready but if he isn't we always have Adam Snyder
LT2: Jonas Jennings - I would like to see us get rid of him because he rarely plays but as a back-up I guess he is okay, though he makes too much money for it

Chilo Rachal (R) - He definitely has the ability to start right away
LG2: Tony Wragge - A very dependable back-up

Eric Heitmann - Hopefully he returns to his 2006 form
C2: Cody Wallace (R) - Some people have him starting but he probably won't for a couple years

RG1: David Baas - He was pretty good last year towards to end of the season and should improve on that
RG2: Brian De La Puente (R) - It is a competition between him, Jeb Terry, and Qasim Mitchell for this spot and I think De La Puente gets it because of his upside

Adam Snyder - There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to start somewhere along the line
RT2: Jonas Jennings - See above.

Defense (26):

RDE1: Kentwan Balmer (R) - He is much better suited for 3-4 end and nose tackle
RDE2: Ray McDonald - Looked good at the end of last season and will make a decent back-up

NT1: Isaac Sopoage - Really stepped up in 2007 and hopefully he will build on that
NT2: Aubrayo Franklin - Not great but adds good depth to the defensive line
NT3: Ronald Fields - Great run stopper and adds depth to the DL

LDE1: Justin Smith - 275 pounds is enough to play DE but I would like to see him bulk up a little
LDE2: Melvin Oliver - Hopefully he doesn't get injured again because he is a solid player
LDE3: Joe Cohen - I don't think the 49ers will cut him because he has potential and was injured last year

WOLB1: Parys Haralson - He played better than TBC last year and is only improving
WOLB2: Tully Banta-Cain - Demoted! Hopefully

LILB1: Patrick Willis - Duh
LILB2: Brandon Moore - Great back-up that has the ability to start if, God forebid, Willis gets hurt
LILB3: Jeff Ulbrich- You can never have too many capable linebackers in the 3-4

RILB1: Uzra Butler (R) - My wildcard here. He has the physical tools (6'2'', 250 pounds, 4.51 40) to play OLB but I see him more as an inside backer
RILB2: Jay Grant (R)- That's right, two rookies that are a 7th round pick and UDFA at our other linebacker spot. Call me crazy

SOLB1: Manny Lawson - Another obvious choice
SOLB2: Jay Moore - I see him more as a "Will" than a "Sam" but the coaches don't

RCB1: Nate Clements - I think he might lose his starting job /sarcasm
RCB2: Shawntae Spencer- He is good enough to be a back-up even though that isn't saying much

LCB1: Reggie Smith (R)- I am going off of what I heard that Mike Nolan said. I heard he said he thinks Smith is going to be ready to start at corner
LCB2: Tarell Brown - Hopefully he will live up to his potential and make and impact as a nickelback
LCB3: Marcus Hudson - Having 5 corners on the roster is always good and I give Hudson the edge over Strickland

FS1: Walt Harris - Again, I am going off of what I heard Nolan said. If Smith is ready to start at CB then Harris will switch to free safety
FS2: Dashon Goldson - Hopefully he will be able to take over for Harris when he gets old, I mean older than he is

SS1: Michael Lewis - No competition here, he was beastly last year
SS2: Keith Lewis - He is usually a free safety but he won't play here anyway, we are going to keep him for special teams

Special Teams (4):

K: Joe Nedney
P: Andy Lee
KR/PR: Allen Russom
LS: Brian Jennings
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


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


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

Score: 9/10
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