It is time, once again, for San Francisco 49er fans to try and look forward but it is so hard to do because there is so much drama to look back upon during the York family tenure as owners.
49er fans have ridden a virtual coaching carousel with four different coaches in eight years—Steve Mariucci, Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.
49er fans have bought front row seats to see first-round draft picks go bust in the likes of Kentwan Balmer and, most notably, Alex Smith. Imagine, some lucky 49er fans are invited to an NFL Draft Day party at 49er headquarters in Santa Clara to actually watch this unfold!
49er fans have been subjected to a major holdout by the next “Prime Time” player in Michael Crabtree —only to be disappointed in his performance in his first two years (regular season performances only of course, as we all know that Michael Crabtree does not partake in preseason ceremonies).
49er fans have waved goodbye to their most recent GM Scott McCloughan upon his sudden departure for “personal reasons”—only to see him emerge for a key executive position with the Seattle Seahawks, their division rivals.
49er fans watched the wooing of a future Hall of Famer and Super Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner from afar—only to have Warner say “no thanks” and retire one year later. Imagine if, if only for a year and a bundle of money, the 49ers had actually managed to land him!
Most recently, we were all invited to a circus side show headlined by Mike Singletary—so funny with one-liner jokes that he was parodied on the Late Show with David Letterman routinely. Thanks for the laughs Mike. You and Peyton Manning both have careers in Hollywood as comedians when you are ready!
But—that was the past and the future awaits us.
So without further adieu, let’s unroll the "Blueprint for 2011 Free Agency and Draft Day Success for the 49ers."
Note 1: I am only focusing on the first three rounds of the draft and one free agent signing.
Note 2: When it comes to the NFL Draft, a Mel Kiper I am not and a want-to-be junior Bill Parcells GM I am not. These are merely the opinions of one fan—nothing more.