One of the casualties of this extraordinary NFL offseason is familiarity, that time when the coaching staff and players review the previous season and then make plans. For new coaching staffs, like the one the 49ers">San Francisco 49ers have just put in place, this offseason makes it very difficult to assess what kind of roster moves would help the team in 2011.
In that light, the fact that trades in the NFL have become very rare, this offseason seems to give very little chance for coaches to look over the team and decide that there might be a surplus in one area, bringing in players to help another.
The 49er front office and the coaching staff seem very happy with their draft, but with no Organized Team Activities (OTAs), it will be extra difficult for new coach Jim Harbaugh to assess the 2010 season on film and then relate it to what is needed in 2011.
But 49er fans know that anything is possible, or at least, should be possible. What’s so compelling about the lockout is that the lack of contact between players and coaches leaves little grounds on which to make a decision. That said, we’ll look over some possibilities of trades about who might be on the roster come Week 1.