For the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, perhaps the most significant free agent acquisition was kicker David Akers.
He booted his way to a 166-point NFL single-season record for most points scored without a touchdown. His 44 made field goals qualified as another all-time league mark.
Akers’ 49er teammates, coaches and fans in San Francisco and beyond, certainly appreciated his contributions to 43.7 percent of the team’s 2011-point total.
But not that much.
In 2012, the 49ers will acquire key playmakers through the draft and free agency.
They will enable Alex Smith to orchestrate a dynamic West Coast offense worthy of a top 10 ranking by season’s end.
And will relegate Akers and his field goals to the sideline more often than not.
Come join me as I detail why the Niners’ 2011 offensive deficiencies will truly be a thing of the past.
Note: This is a hypothetical scenario. But screw the unable-to-be determined. Let’s dream.