The Niners went 5-11 with the lowest average points scored, passing yards and total yards. They were also in the bottom six in rushing yards.
Alex Smith proved all the doubters correct with his sad campaign, eventually creating hope for Shaun Hill, a mobile quarterback who got his chance to play later in the season thanks to injuries.
The addition of Nate Clements, however helpful to the secondary, didn’t help propel this team into the playoffs.
Offseason Acquisitions (Top 3)
1. DE Justin Smith - The Niners probably overpaid him (as all teams do in free agency), but he will show the Bay Area that he is more worthy of a player than his two 2007 sacks show him to be.
2. QB Shaun Hill (re-signed_ - Usually don’t do resignings, but locking up this kid could be the key to future success for a team troubled by a poor Alex Smith.
3. RB DeShaun Foster - A solid back who will bring depth to a team that has been hurt by Frank Gore’s injuries in the past. He can also help usher in a two-back system, which is becoming hallmark in the NFL.
What Were They Thinking?
1. Signing Issac Bruce - I, like most, see him as too old. Sure, he can run a route and provide leadership, but having this guy as your number-one receiver when your coach is trying to save his spot is plain dumb.
Looking to the Draft
One of the most interesting prospects in this draft is WR Early Doucet out of LSU. He runs crisp routes and is an excellent punt returner. Although he does not have the speed or athleticism that some have, he reminds me of a young Bobby Engram.
San Francisco Sleeper
If the 49ers can grab Joe Flacco in the early second round, he could put up extraordinary numbers in the next couple of years. He is like a young Joe Montana, especially with that bullet arm.