Most of the time, disappearing acts and football are not a good combination. Ask Michael Crabtree, who vanished during the playoffs.
But someone else dropped off the radar screen in 2011, too, and it was a very good thing. One might say an excellent thing.
Those of you who can remember stuff past last week or last month may recall that Right Tackle was a seriously bad issue in recent years. A bona fide blog clogging, pie throwing anguish.
But somewhere in the early to mid part of 2011, more or less in the vicinity of Adam Snyder replacing Chilo Rachal as the starting RG, replays of RT ineptitude or isolation shots of RT false starts ceased to make their weekly appearances on TV. Anthony Davis arrived by never being mentioned or viewed again. An offensive lineman’s nirvana.
2012 will be Anthony’s third year in the bigs, but he’ll only be 22. The 49ers traded up in the 2010 draft to get him, a move condsidered rash by those who favor itching, but that pick is looking good now.
The same cannot be said of poor old Chilo. The schlub had all the talent in the world, but he apparently suffers from wandering focusitus, and will probably not be wearing a 49er uniform next year. Maybe he’ll be a late bloomer somewhere in the league or maybe we’ll never hear of him again. So long, Chilo. Nice name, no game.
Three other guys from that 2008 draft are FAs this year, also. Reggie Smith, Larry Grant, and Josh Morgan. Morgan is the only one likely to be back and would then be the last man standing from that ill-fated draft. That draft was Scot McCloughan’s first effort and it was a stinker. The previous draft, under Mike Nolan, was a superb effort, netting Joe Staley, Patrick Willis, Ray McDonald, Dashon Goldson, and Tarell Brown.
2008 was not a total loss, though. It was that year, in one of McCloughan’s first moves as the Trigger, that the 49ers signed a FA DE named Justin Smith to a six year $45 million contract. There were many who thought the Niners overpaid for this guy then, but nobody is bitching about it these days.
Speaking of McCloughan, ha ha ha. The Niners sure rubbed his red little smack talk face in the mud in Seattle last year. That was a true eat shit moment. Let’s see, if I remember correctly, that was the game that Alex Smith hit Crabtree on a deep sideline pass surrounded by defenders in the fourth quarter that led to yet another come back victory. Eli Manning liked that effort so much, he copied it in the Super Bowl with Mario Manningham. Smith should sue for infringement. Especially since Smith can’t hit those kind of passes, in those tight windows, to receivers who aren’t wide open. He must have been trying to throw it OB, but short-armed it. Thank goodness Crabtree made a sensational catch to bail him out.
Rats. I wasn’t going to mention the QB in this post, just so I could have a fun weekend deleting all of Albert’s long winded stinky vapors for being off topic. Sigh. Another day, another blogobrawl.