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Had a first look at the roster and defensively looking strong.

Offense has some weapons.

QB
Kaepernick (40/66) looks solid, can scramble, not amazing in the pocket but has good timing and should be accurate if he can match his potential. I like his ability on 3rd downs, and could be a very good medium and deep passer.

RB's
Gore (57/57) speed to get outside and recognises holes well. Has power inside and is good in the passing game either catching or picking up the blitz
Lattimore (44/61) breakaway speed and power with potential in recognising holes and 3rd down running

WR's
Crabtree (57/63) looks good except for big play (34) should run good routes, and be good at taking short passes and getting lots of YAC.
Boldin (46/46) is a solid WR but we will need to find a better 2nd option going forward (courage 31 really!)

TE's
Davis (78/78) Can block run and pass and is a quality pass receiver with lots of big play ability..
McDonald (43/67) lots of potential.. I will need to look at how to put a two TE offense together..

OL
LT Staley (67/67) quality tackle better run blocking than pass but good at both.
LG Iupati (51/55) solid (should be much better!)
RG Boone (41/58) potential to be a good Guard especially in pass protection
RT Davis (46/75) potential to be an excellent run blocker, needs to work on pass blocking

Considering moving Guard Looney (33/53) to C where he has potential to be a good run blocker who is solid in pass protection.
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LDE McDonald (54/54) solid pass rusher who can play the run
RDE Smith (66/66), the cowboy is an excellent pass rusher who is also more than decent against the run.

LB's
SILB Bowman (61/62) good LB especially in pass coverage. Plays the run well (should be better!)
WILB Willis (83/83) stud ILB can pass rush, plays the run really well and can drop back into coverage.
WLB Lemonier (37/68) lots of potential as an OLB, can play the run now, should be a really good pass rusher.
WLB A Smith (64/64) Good OLB, should be better in PRT that he is, but he can do nearly everything you would like from an OLB.

CB's
LCB Rogers (71/71) plays M2M and zone well, lots of interception potential and can hit like a train
RCB Brown (76/76) even better in MM, plays well in BnR and very good against the run. Also hits and picks off passes well.
RCB Culliver (47/58) quality nickel corner, plays M2M well and also picks off passes, solid in other coverage's.

Safety
FS Reid (49/71) potential to be a really solid safety

Punter
Lee (65/65) great directional and solid in power and hang time

Kicker
Dawson (54/54) great distance on kick-offs and hang time, goal kicking is average
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Well in SP he's a stud. Got to the SB twice and lost to Tom and then to Peyton. FG and then by 2pts with :40 left. If you want to ship me some 49ers, let me know.
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The 49ers announced a trade with Tennessee as they send the Titans 2nd and 4th round picks in the 2014 draft for 4th year DT Ropati Pitoitua.

GM Thompson said "very happy with the move, never like to give up valuable draft picks but we think highly of Pitoitua who also will upgrade the NT position which is one of the weakest areas on our roster. He plays the run well and has an inside bull rush that will allow our outside pass rushers to not always be double teamed. The negotiations with the Titans went very smoothly and we were pleased to come away with a deal that suits both franchises".

The one issue to note is that Pitoitua is only signed for one year so San Francisco will need to ensure he signs a longer term deal otherwise he becomes an expensive one year hire!
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The 49ers defense didn't do the job in week 1 against the amazing Packers passing attack, Rodgers threw 4 TD's and lots of yards with Nelson and Cobb both having 100 yard receiving days.
The Niners rushing game was good with Gore having an awesome day but the passing game struggled and needs some work.

HC Harbaugh at his post game press conference said "not the start we were looking for, the defense other than two picks didn't do the job and the offense got away from running the ball, despite being successful. We need to play smarter against Seattle in what could be a crucial early season game."

GM Thompson reflected that the highly skilled and paid defense needs to play better. "We added a quality DT to shore up the defense, there are few obvious weaknesses, perhaps they just need some time. However they need to become a fully functioning unit soon as Seattle are going to be really tough this week."

Neither of the top brass mentioned the poor performance by Kaepernick but a much improved display will be expected in week 2, against a much tougher defense.
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9-7 season, tied with Seattle for the division but lost out in head to head 0-2... that last 2 minute melt down at home was to be really costly...

Kaepernick got better as the season progressed so that is a positive
Gore was a stud RB behind a good OL.

Defense was interesting, lots of big yardage and points given up in the first half of the season, but pretty good in the 2nd half of the year, ending with a shutout and allowing less than 100 yards total in the final game against the Cardinals.
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An interesting offseason coming up for the 49ers..
38 players signed only $2.5M available for Free agent signings.. no 2nd or 4th round picks in the draft..
CB Brown out of contract...

Some quality players in their final year
LG Iupati, RG Snyder, RB Gore, FL Crabtree, QB Kaepernick, FB Miller, CB Culliver and WLB Smith. I need to decide who I want to keep longer term and which to try and offload... when I would like to keep them all..

There are going to be some cuts to free up cap space:
SLB Brooks will be released saving $6M this year but his signing bonus will hurt somewhat next year.
SE Baldwin will save $1.4M
SE Martin will save 780k
The tough one is RB Gore, he would save over $6M if cut or traded.. but he is the center piece of my offense...

This is not going to be a fun offseason as a lot of tough decisions need to be made.
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I will be watching this roster intently. (warming my hands at the thought)
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Rome has fallen...

Greg Roman has been released by the San Francisco 49ers. GM Thompson said "We thank Greg for his efforts last season and the work he did bringing Colin (Kaepernick) along in his development. However we felt the offense was likely to change this offseason as we may have to make a number of changes and wanted to add a fresh face to the staff."

A short time later the 49ers released the following statement "Junior Harding has been offered and accepted the role of Offensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. We welcome his ability to work with TE's and have been impressed with his play calling abilities in college. He brings motivational strengths and works well with young players and much is expected of him in the future".

Rome has fallen all hail Harding.
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The salary cap bites the 49ers reports Matt Barrows from the Sacramento Bee.

Earlier in the week the 49ers franchised CB Brown before trading him to the Raiders for a 5th and 6th round picks this year and a 3rd next season. Before we had time to understand what GM Thompson was doing he made another bigger move sending OLB Aldon Smith to Houston for 1.16 and CB Brandon Harris.

Do these moves strengthen the team, well no, they have traded away a top CB and one of the best OLB's in the league, so obviously not. Were these the right moves for the 49ers? That is a tougher one to answer!

The 49ers were in cap trouble coming into the offseason, they had around $6M in space with 38 players signed, they had Brown out of contract, and a number of key players in their last year of their contracts, the list in this category is long, QB Kaepernick, RB Gore, WR Crabtree, Guard Iupati, OLB Smith, CB Culliver as well as some other important players.

So they couldn't really afford to keep Brown, but rather than lose him for nothing they franchised him and then traded him, so in fact added two late picks this year to help fill out the roster and a 3rd next year which they hope will be a more useful pick.

The team have renegotiated deals with tackle Davis as well as ILB's Bowman and Willis to free up more space, while signing Crabtree and Iupati to longer deals. Thompson then surprised us all by actually trading away OLB Aldon Smith, many analysts felt it was a negotiation tactic to get Smith to accept a lower deal! It wasn't he was traded to the Texans for 1.16 and a good young CB in Harris.

The addition of Harris with Culliver and Rogers gives the 49ers 3 good CB's so somewhat negating the loss of Brown.
Sources say that the 49ers and QB Kaepernick are close to agreeing a deal and that it could be signed in the next few days. Cap space is still short to sign Culliver and Harris to longer term deals after they give Kaepernick his share, but with a number of players who could still be traded or released it appears San Francisco are intending to be competitive this season, though are likely to be only small fry in the free agency wars that start today.
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