Cheer up Kyle Williams. You goated it in front of 69,000,000 viewers, but Wes Welker clanked to the turf in front of 118,000,000. That is a whopping 49,000,000 more You Sucks on his head than yours. Feeling a little lighter this week?
I had high hopes for Kyle this past season. He seemed to have some Welker to him. But he only made a couple of plays all year and in the end resembled Welker only in the big time gaffe department. With the expected upgrading at WR this offseason, it’s no sure thing that Kyle will make the team next year. It might even be considered a long shot.
It’s hard to know what Jim Harbaugh will do with the team for the coming season. He pretty much had to play the hand he inherited in 2011, due to the lockout. With a complete offseason to tinker with, there could be changes none of us expect at this time.
Most of the coming changes seem destined to occur on the offensive side of the ball. If the team can retain Dashon Goldson and Carlos Rogers, the only change on defense would be the expected loss of Ahmad Brooks. This could be mostly offset by Aldon Smith becoming a full time player instead of a situational pass rusher. Finding a second banana OLB is a lot easier than finding the Grade A Preferred by Monkeys World Wide banana, which Smith is.
The 49ers offered Adam Snyder a new deal during last season, which he turned down. This leads us to speculate he’ll be trying to cash in on a mediocre career much like David Baas did last year. Baas has an SB ring now, in addition to an inflated salary, so who’s to blame Snyder for giving it a go.
But the 49ers may have offered him a contract as a Valuable Reserve instead of the starting RG, so we’ll see if they come up with a sweeter package before FA starts on March 13. He may not be the best RG in the world (he’s not), but he did solidify the O-line last year and no doubt contributed to the great improvement in RT Anthony Davis. It would be nice to have him back, ensuring the same O-line as last year, for the first time since longer than I can remember or am willing to bother looking up.
FB Bruce Miller was a real find this past year and could become a major force this coming season, if not as a runner, then as a receiver out of the backfield. An FB who is more than just a blocker, which the team hasn’t had since before Bar None broke his leg.
So it all comes down to those five or six WR spots. Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan will be back. But that’s about all we can be sure of. There’s three or four other spots up for grabs.
The QB position fascinates some bloggers, but it seems pretty set to me. Alex Smith will re-sign, and be backed up by Colin Kaepernick and, probably, Scott Tolzien. It will be fun to see what progress these backups exhibit during the preseason games, but good old Number 11 will be under center again in 2012.