Well the NFL regular season has come to a close and I must say, I'm impressed with how the Niners finished strong down the stretch even though the competition wasn't the greatest.
Two things have changed recently that I think will take the Niners back to playoff status. First is the hiring of a hardnose defensive minded coach with a desire to win and no tolerance for any nonsense in Mike Singletary. Second, John York has humbly stepped down as team president and Sunday we announced Jed, his son, as team president. I suppose neither of these leaders are fully proven yet, however one commonality exists; their passion of the game of football. They both want to win.
Hopefully Jed has that same charisma that Eddie had with our beloved team with what feels like so many years ago. Now that we have assumed some permanent leadership for the better, the second issue is infusing some more talent onto the existing roster.
Our most glaring need in my mind is either a defensive tackle, an offensive tackle, or a wide receiver. It all starts with the pressure and protection from the lines up front. Free Agency has an abundance of possibilities for us, but I'm not quite sure how much cap space we have left, especially after giving up 80 mil/8 yr deals to cornerbacks (ie Nate Clements).
Some big names in free agency available for our primary needs:
WR: TJ Houshmanzadeh, Marques Colston
DT/DE - Bertrand Berry, Albert Haynesworth, Julius Peppers, Paul Spicer,
T - Marvel Smith, Mark Columbo
DB - I didn't really mention DBs but we could always use some better depth in our secondary. I'm not sure how big of a contract Asomugha is looking for from Oakland, but I'm sure he's looking to leave Oakland. Mike Brown and Brian Dawkins are both unrestricted as well.
Obviously pending salary cap issues, we'll be able to figure out who we can realistically target and where, but there's always the draft to look forward to. Either way I'm excited with the progress we made and can't wait til the draft and next season. Go Niners!