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The Quest for the Lombardi – San Francisco 49ers

Thomas Solarik March 24, 2012 49ers, NFLTR Features No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

2011 Record: 13-3 (5-1) NFC West Champions

  • Won in the NFC Division Finals over the New Orleans Saints, 36-32.
  • Lost in the NFC Championship Game to the New York Giants, 20-17 OT.

 

Passing Offense – 183.1 (29th)

QB Alex Smith: 3,150; 17 / 5

WR Michael Crabtree: 73 – 880 / 4TDs

TE Vernon Davis: 67 – 792 / 6TDs

WR Kyle Williams: 20 – 241 / 3 TDs

WR Josh Morgan: 15 – 220 / 1TD

 

Passing Defense – 230.9 (16th)

CB Carlos Rogers: 6 INTs

FS Dashon Goldson: 6 INTs

CB Tarell Brown: 4 INTs

OLB/DE Aldon Smith: 14 Sacks

DE Justin Smith: 7.5 Sacks

 

Rushing Offense – 127.8 (8th)

HB Frank Gore: 282 – 1,211 8 TDs

HB Kendall Hunter: 112 – 473 / 2TDs

QB Alex Smith: 52 – 179 / 2TDs

 

Rushing Defense – 77.3 (1st)

ILB NaVarro Bowman: 143 Tackles

ILB Patrick Willis: 97 Tackles

FS Dashon Goldson: 67 Tackles

SS Donte Whitner: 62 Tackles

 

Re-signed / Arrivals:

S Dashon Goldson (Franchised Tagged – tendered at $6.212 million)

CB Perrish Cox (Broncos, Signed – 2 yrs / $1.05 million)

WR Randy Moss (Titans, Signed – 1 yr / $2.5 million)

RB Rock Cartwright (Raiders, Signed – 1 yr / $950,000)

LB Ahmad Brooks (Re-signed – 6 yrs / $44.5 million)

KR/PR/WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Re-Signed – 1 yr / $1.375 million)

LB Tavares Gooden (Re-Signed – 1 yr / $700,000)

QB Josh Johnson (Buccaneers, Signed – 2 yrs / $2 million)

WR Mario Manningham (Giants, Signed – 2yrs / $7.375 million)

CB Carlos Rogers (Re-Signed – 4 yrs / $29.3 million)

QB Alex Smith (Re-Signed – 3 yrs / $24 million)

HB Brandon Jacobs (Giants, Signed – 1 yr / undisclosed contract)

S C.J. Spillman (Re-signed – 3 yrs / $4.2 million)

DT Will Tukuafu (Re-signed – 2 yrs, / $1.02 million)

 

Released / Departures:

LB Blake Costanzo (Bears, Signed – 2 yrs / $2 million)

WR Josh Morgan (Redskins, Signed – 2 yrs / $11.5 million)

OL Adam Snyder (Cardinals, Signed – 5yrs / $17.5 million)

CB Shawntae Spencer (Raiders, Signed – 1 yr / undisclosed contract)

FS Reggie Smith (Panthers, Signed – 1 yr / $765,000)

 

Draft Order:

  • 1st Rd Pick – 30th
  • 2nd Rd Pick – 29th
  • 3rd Rd Pick – 29th
  • 4th Rd Pick – 30th
  • 5th Rd Pick – 30th
  • 6th Rd Pick – 29th
  • 7th Rd Pick – 30th

 

Last Five 1st Round Picks:

  • 2007: LB Patrick Willis (11th Overall) - Has been nothing but a tackling machine since joining the crimson and gold, and has been look at as the replacement for the league’s best linebacker from his elder Ray Lewis. He has been to 5 straight Pro Bowls,  4 AP All-Pro team selections, won Defensive Rookie of the year in 2007 and has complied 692 tackles since joining the league and has been known to knock players out as well as chase them down.
  • 2007 OT Joe Staley (28th Overall) - A converted Tight-End in college was brought in to be the blindside protector of Alex Smith has done nothing but. Quickly asserted himself into the lineup and became one of the 49ers best Offensive Line, besides a few nicks and scraps he has been everything they hope for when they drafted him, even catching the ball (17 yard reception last season). (1)
  • 2008: DT Kentwan Balmer (29th Overall) – Came out of college as the help they would need in the middle of their defense, but never panned out for the 49ers and was with the team for 2 season before being shipped to the division rivals the Seattle Seahawks for a 6th round pick (TCU, S Colin Jones). (2)
  • 2009: WR Michael Crabtree (10th Overall) - Considered by most as a diva and will never fully reach his potential as a true number one receiver. But each season he does nothing but increase his production, keeps his mouth shut and plays for his team and this past season, he quietly together his career best season (72-874 4TD)
  • 2010: OT Anthony Davis (11th Overall) - Coming out of school, most scouts thought he has huge upside, but was consistently out of shape and too young and raw, but has quickly turned it around and has become most consistent with reducing penalties and focus, his nasty streak fits Jim Harbaugh’s offense to a T. (3)
  • 2010 OG Mike Iupati (17th Overall) - Was considered the best offensive guard prospect in the last ten years, with the combination of brute strength, athleticism and quickness and quickly became one of the leagues premium guards with a aggressive attack. He will only continue to grow with more experience. (4)
  • 2011: LB/DE Aldon Smith (7th Overall) - Many thought it was a reach at the 7th Overall pick, and was young and raw to be an outside linebacker. But took the league by storm from the outside linebacker position and even putting his hands into the dirt as a defensive end in situational plays. He came within a ½ sack of the NFL rookie record of 14.5 sacks, in a limited role. He will only get better with experience, age and more playing time, which could been trouble for QBs around the league.

 

(1) San Francisco traded their 2007 4th Rd Pick (110th – CB John Bowie) and their 2008 1st Rd Pick (Later traded to the Saints – 7th – DE Sedrick Ellis) to the Patriots for their 2007 1st Rd Pick (28th – T Joe Staley)

(2) San Francisco traded their 2007 2nd Rd Pick (42nd – T Tony Ugoh) to the Colts for their 2007 4th Rd Pick (126th – FS Dashon Goldson), 2008 1st Rd Pick (29th – DT Kentwan Balmer)

(3) San Francisco traded their 2010 1st Rd Pick (Later traded to the Eagles, 13th – DE Brandon Graham), 2010 4th Rd Pick (Later traded to the Patriots, 113th – TE Aaron Hernandez) to the Broncos for their 2010 1st Rd Pick (11th – T Anthony Davis).

(4) San Francisco traded their 2009 2nd Rd Pick (43rd – DE Everette Brown), 2009 4th Rd Pick (111th – HB Mike Goodson) to the Panthers for their 2010 1st Rd Pick (17th – G Mike Iupati).

 

TEAM NEEDS:

OG – The season started slow with Chilo Rachal at right guard, but Adam Snyder stepped in it provided consistency. However, neither will be back in 2012 (Rachal visiting the Rams, and Snyder signing a five year deal with the Cardinals), and Daniel Kilgore will be the first to take a crack at the starting position, which raises the glaring question… is he ready?

  • Possible PickCody Glenn, Georgia – A beast of a man, who provides resemblance to Leonard Davis and is dominant and powerful inside with nimble feet, which would pair well with Iupati.

 

RB – A team that focuses on running the ball from a variety of formations, and having one of the better backs in the league in Frank Gore allowed them to take advantage of that. However, Gore is approaching the age where most RBs tend to disappear, and Kendall Hunter provided a nice change of pace, but doesn’t have the power back build, yet neither didn’t Gore. Although this isn’t a dire need, their always is a need for more horses.

  • Possible Pick – Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla) – Draws comparisons to Clinton Portis another former Hurricane. He possess a dynamic runner with the ability to break long runs as well as grind it out inside.

 

DE – Throughout the season the 49ers front three was considered to be the best in business with Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Issac Sopoaga, who provided tremendous pressure, were stout against the run (1st vs. RUSH) and set the tone for the rest of the defense. But there is little depth behind them and even less experience and having someone to learn behind the best in the business would only help the organization in the long run.

  • Possible Pick – Billy Winn, Boise State – Has a great combination of agility (4.44 shuttle) and strength (27 reps) that should intrigue teams, especially ones against the rush. Can start as a 4-3 tackle or kick out in the 3-4.

 

 

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