The 2013 offseason has been a bit of a yawner so far. Not that we expected much more. When you have fourteen draft picks, it’s pretty obvious where the mustard will be squoozed this year. Getting Anquan Boldin for virtually nothing, and two high draft picks for Alex Smith was excellent work by GM Trent Baalke.
Summarizing the other FA transactions, the Glenn Dorsey signing was a solid move, also. He’s never lived up to his top 5 status in the 2008 draft, but is a solid player with stats similar to Ray McDonald. Ss a replacement for NT Isaac Sopoaga, Dorsey looks like a downgrade. But as a replacement for Ricky Jean-Francois, he might represent an upgrade, or at least a wash.
The latter view is supported by the voiced opinion of the 49er brass that Ian Williams is ready for brick wall duty. He’s been carried on the active roster for two years, despite rarely being activated for game days, so they certainly haven’t wanted to expose him to waivers or even the Practice Squad. Putting the success of the 2013 run stopping effort squarely on his shoulders butt isn’t going to make any of us fans sleep well through the summer, but we also slept fitfully in 2011 when the team let Abrayo Franklin walk away and replaced him with Sopoaga, and we know how well that turned out.
There’s pretty much no way to view the signing of FS Craig Dahl as a solution to anything, let alone filling the position vacated by Dashon Goldson. It’s possible Chris Culliver can move to FS and Dahl can mentor him, it’s possible we’ll sign a vet like Charles Woodson, and it’s possible we’ll draft a FS, but it is not possible that Dahl is the 2013 49er FS. Not if we hope to compete with Seattle. The 49ers also have Darcel McBath, Trenton Robinson, and ST standout CJ Spillman who can all play safety, and give us all about the same amount of excitement as Dahl — nano whoop-de-doos.
If we’re fretting about filling one or two holes, imagine how the Ravens fans are feeling — other than smug as hell about lucking away with the Lombardi this past year. Enjoy it, punks, you won’t sniff another one anytime soon. Their team has lost both safeties, three of their four LBs, and Boldin. Half their defense, gone with the wind.
It does seem clear that for the first time in nine years, the offense is the strength of the team. Whether the defense measures up will depend on how well Baalke plays his draft cards. And for that, we’ve got another month to drum our fingers and speculate.