Mar 15, 2013 Vulcan Mind Probes
The Twitter news feed has been bonkering hot this week, for those of you who are Twitterholics. Leave the computer to take a leak and when you get back there’s a message: “29 new Tweets.” Goodness!
The Jets make the feed with great regularity, even though they stink and haven’t done anything at all in Free Agency. They have skillfully managed to run an endless loop of leaking news that they are trading Darrell Revis and then publicly denying their own leak. You’d think the media would catch on to this hucksterism, but they are too busy tripping over themselves trying to out-Tweet each other.
True to form, GM Trent Baalke has pretty much slept through the first three days of Free Agency, allowing us all to work ourselves into a lather of fretfulness and anxiety. The Seahawks are making it worse by loudly beefing up their defense and turbo-charging their offense, while our own defense has lost three key players.
But, Baalke always has a Plan. The first item in his Plan is to convince us he actually HAS one. So far, we’re biting, though it goes against our nature not to whine when certain phases of the Plan involve doing nothing. The second item is to storm the Twitter wire in the second tier of Free Agency with a rapid series of helpful, if not spectacular, signings.
Unfortunately, the Plan this year is called 16 Draft Picks. It would seem to make little sense to fill out the team with a slew of second tier free agents when these very positions will be filled in the draft. If the Plan goes according to plan.
Baalke filled one key role late Thursday by signing special teams ace and backup LB Dan Skuta. We all noticed, mostly in horror, what happened to our Special Teams last year when Blake Costanzo departed for greener pastures elsewhere. Most notably we noticed this in the Super Bowl during the first ten seconds of the second half when the game went from serious trouble to emergency room life support.
Baalke also signed widely viewed underachiever Glenn Dorsey to help shore up the D-line that has lost Isaac Sopoaga and stalwart backup Ricky Jean-Francois. To less than awed reaction from us blognoscenti, I might add. Dorsey will join the mix of Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams, and Will Tukuafu to fill in around mainstays Ray McDonald and Justin Smith.
That leaves a Free Safety replacement for the departed I’ve Already Forgotten His Name. That is probably the one position we need to fill in Free Agency that we can’t fill in the draft — not for this year, anyway. I’d expect the replacement to be signed today or some time this weekend, with Charles Woodson the current front runner. And there’s a good chance we’ll sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha shortly, too. Forcing me to finally learn how to spell his name without looking it up.
And that’s likely to be a wrap for our FA action this year. Sigh. Not very sexy, that’s for sure.
Tags: Blake Costanzo, Charles Woodson, Dan Skuta, Darrell Revis, Demarcus Dobbs, Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Isaac Sopoaga, Justine Smith, Nnamdi Asomugha, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, San Francisco 49ers, Trent Baalke, Will Tukuafu