The 49ers traded their 5th round pick in the 2010 draft to Miami in exchange for Ted Ginn, making Ginn in effect our 5th round pick. Are you effing kidding me? This is a ridiculous heist. Making it even sweeter, the guy we fleeced was Bill Parcells.
Ginn was the 9th player chosen in the 2007 draft. Unfortunately (for him), the Dolphins needed a QB at that time and Brady Quinn was still on the board. Ascending the NFL draft podium wearing his new Dolphins cap, ready to sport a big struck-it-rich smile while he stood next to Roger Goodell for the announcement, Ginn was instead greeted by a thundering chorus of boos. Welcome to the Dolphins, Ted. Boooo!!!
Thus was set in motion the choo-choo train that would eventually roll down the tracks and across America to San Francisco. Ginn has Olympic track speed. Seriously. He also has a learning disability that makes data stick in his brain about three times slower than the average helmet wearer in the NFL. People with this kind of handicap tend to be a little sensitive. Boooooooo!!
Ginn entered his 2007 rookie year carrying the ghost of Quinn on his back and was not only expected to do well, but had to excel if the Dolphins fans were to enjoy his presence on the team. As the erudite readers of this blog are fully aware, football fans like nothing more than to have a favorite guy to absolutely shit on every single day for anything resembling a miscue such as getting up in the morning and still being alive. Ted Ginn drops a pass. Boooooooooooo!!!
2007 was not a spectacular year for Ginn, although he did return a kickoff for a touchdown and was the 3rd alternate to the Pro Bowl in that capacity. Having endured the wrath of the Miami fans for the entire year, one might have expected these fans to, like, get over it and cut the dude some slack for the 2008 season. After all, Quinn was collecting bench splinters in Cleveland. Maybe drafting Ginn wasn’t such a bad deal afterall. No such luck. For who should come barging into town during the offseason? None other than blowhard Bill Parcells and the first words out of his mouth were probably: Boooooooooo!!!
Parcells has no sympathy for sensitive guys. Or much of anything else, actually. If you can’t ram your head through a brick wall, you will never warm the heart that beats somewhere beneath the mountainous ranges of flesh hanging off Parcells rib cage. One of his first roster moves was to strip Ginn of his kickoff return duties and demote him to second string receiver. A motivational tool known as Boooooooooo!!
Nevertheless, Ginn had an okay 2008 season and a couple of stunning performances in the 2009 season, one of which was returning two kickoffs for TDs in one game. Not just one game, though, one quarter. But his fate was sealed when he dropped a crucial pass in the fourth quarter of two late season games, helping the Dophins to losses which kept them out of the playoffs. Never mind that his two TD effort had already won them a game to make getting to the playoffs still relevant late in the season. Booooooo!!!!!
Parcells needed a scapegoat to distract the fan base from wondering how the genius could manage to preside over a team that backslid in his second year of running it. He had not drafted Ginn, so had no personal credibility at stake. And Ginn was the perfect scapegoat. He was even traded for the infamous bag of potato chips that Alex Smith haters often suggest as an appropriate return on investment should the 49ers trade him. One last time for the Gipper, Ginn: Boooo!!!!
Ginn scores touchdowns. He’s a home run hitter with a two-twenty batting average. If you’re hitting him cleanup, it’s not a good thing. But if you’re hitting him seventh, you’ve got a dangerous sumgun who’s going to step up and win you a game every so often. Miami drafted him to bat cleanup. The 49ers filched him to return kickoffs. They already have a franchise Boo collector in Alex Smith, so Ginn will not be expected to fill that role here. If Ginn gets some glue on his hands while he’s with the 49ers, this trade will be a Fred Dean special.
Ted Ginn could be the steal of the 2010 draft.