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Did Alex Smith earn the right to be the 49ers’ QB of the future?

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

First, let’s all take a moment to reflect on how truly amazing the 49ers’ 2011 season was. With their biggest moment, a 39-34 win over the Saints, putting them in the record books. San Francisco became the first playoff team in NFL postseason history to score two gaming winning TDs, one from the feet and the other the arm of Alex Smith, in the final three minutes to win.

Smith had arguably the biggest game of his career, on the biggest stage of his career, throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left. Pretty good numbers for a quarterback who has been labeled as nothing more then a “game manager” all season.

Even in the 49ers’ season ending lost to the Giants, Smith threw for 2 touchdowns while, more importantly, having no turnovers. While he didn’t lead the team to victory with a late comeback, he certainly didn’t cost them the game either.The 49ers’ magical 2011 run has made the fans reconsider the possibility that the number one overall pick from 2005 might not be a bust after all. The next question seems to be, did he do enough to be considered the 49ers quarterback of the future?

Bay Area stadium mess

July 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Proposed 49er Stadium in Santa Clara

The Bay area is home to some great professional sports franchises. The SF Giants, SF 49ers, Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders, and San Jose Sharks are considered the top-tier organizations in the area. All five teams have historic roots in the Bay area and would love nothing more than to stay here for the rest of their days. There’s only one major problem from preventing that from happening. Only two the those teams (Sharks and Giants) are happy with their current stadium situations. Read more…

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1st Round 2011 NFL Draft Recap

April 29, 2011 2 comments

Cam Newton was selected 1st overall by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone but not without a few surprise picks. The draft comes at a time when players are starting to be let back into team facilities but the league year hasn’t started yet (Meaning no trades or free agent signings can occur). Despite not having the ability to trade players for picks, teams were still very active moving in and out of draft spots. Here is a quick recap of the notable picks and trades.

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NFL Draft gives a look ahead into future Superbowl Champions

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in New York City

The NFL draft is the highlight of the off season for football fans. It’s the lone opportunity during the long off season to discuss the future of your team with other sports fans. For NFL teams this is a make or break time of year. Decisions on who to draft will drastically shape the future their franchise.

Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area recently did a break down of every NFL teams’ draft picks over the last 5 years. After compiling the data he ranked all 32 teams on their draft performance during that span. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts finished top 3 for there ability to draft quality players over the past 5 years. It isn’t a surprise that each of those teams have won a super bowl over that same span. The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, two young playoff teams on the rise, round out the top 5.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, and Cincinnati Bengals graded out as the worse drafting teams of the past 5 years. It just so happens that all 3 of these teams will be picking in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft later this month.

A lot goes into the draft process and it has quickly become a huge national media point of coverage during the last decade. It is easy to see the correlation between a teams draft and their success on the field in the immediate years to follow. Plenty is said about the intense scrutiny the teams put prospects through during the evaluation process and many think that teams over-analyze in the months leading up to the draft. While this may be true in some cases, can you really blame the teams for putting in every effort to make sure they get the right picks. Teams have every right and responsibility to get every bit of information they can about the players they will potentially pay millions of dollars to.

Every draft pick becomes about risk and rewards. As a team, are we willing to risk X in hopes of getting rewarded with Y in return. It becomes a high stakes investment game and the teams are like any other big investment firm trying to find a quality investment opportunity. Everyone evaluates differently but ultimately they are all looking for the best opportunity to be rewarded on their risk.

Jobs, championships, and millions of dollars will be at stake when draft weekend rolls around and to think its only April. Just  five months (hopefully) away from football season again.

Note: Here is the link to the article by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area with the rankings of all 32 teams

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