Click here for my column on Jared Goff and the 49ers.
I think you present an interesting and absolutely correct analysis here but I still hope they draft Goff because it will mean one of two things:
1) Kelly’s offense is evolving or
2) Kelly’s tenure as the head coach will be very short.
I can live with either one.
If Jared is the first round pick it’s because Jed wants him.
Jed wants him because he thinks Jared will look great on billboards and in TV spots…and he will…
Then Jared will get brutalized like the last quarterback they took in the1st round.
For Jared’s sake I hope he goes to Dallas.
For the sake of the fans…building an O line and grabbing a few receivers with more catches than ACL surgeries sounds like a great idea.
Draft Goff. Fire Chip. THAT’S straight thinking.
Did you actually research this topic before you wrote about it? If you had, you would have discovered the Eagles threw the ball a lot more than they ran it and were top 5 in offense the first two years of Kelly’s run in Philly with QB’s that would make Goff look like Steve Young in terms of mobility. Last year was viewed as an off year and the Eagles still wound up 12th overall in offense with another statue at QB in Bradford.
Kelly doesn’t need a runner at QB. He needs a decisive QB who can understand where the ball needs to go quickly and deliver it accurately. That is what Goff is, and they also ran the zone read at Cal once in awhile too.
This all makes sense though the Eagles threw more than you seemed to think. But Jed is into apologies these days and Goff could be the makeup for screwing up the Smith/Rogers decision a decade ago. It might put some short attention span butts in the seats for a year, maybe two.
Thanks for not mentioning Goff’s hand size.
Drafting a QB in the first round for this sad sack franchise is putting lipstick on a pig. This team had its golden era under Walsh, Seifert, and Mooch and hasn’t been good since the WC game against the NYG’s in 2003.
Yes, the Harbaugh years were great — the first two, anyway — but you knew it wouldn’t last because the front office is totally clueless about how to replenish and replace the roster via the draft.
No, we don’t have a good QB. But at RB, we don’t have a replacement for Gore. Hyde is an Earl Cooper FB or a Johnny Davis short yard HB, he is not going to be great on the ground. At WR, the only good WR we have had for years was Crabs, who even so was overpriced, fragile, and unable to work with Smith effectively (better with Kap, but Kap had his limits.) Frankly, the only really great receiver we’ve had for the past 10 years was Vernon, but he’s gone now, too. No replacement for him. What a surprise.
The O Line has one great player: Staley. That’s it. No replacement for Iupati, etc. etc. etc.
On D, no replacement for Justin Smith (crucial), let alone a pass rusher like Aldon (or Haley, or Fred Dean). No replacement for Willis or Borland, either.
In the secondary, a bunch of no names with Eric Reid the only good player, but he has limitations, too, not least of which is his susceptibility to injury.
I actually think this roster is in worse shape than when Walsh took over in 1979, and that’s saying something. It will take several intelligent drafts to get back what this franchise once was. But that means we have to look at our General Manager …….
Kelly needs to think long term about rebuilding. He needs to over-ride Baalke. If neither of those things happen, this team will be awful in 2016. And I am dreading the draft in a few weeks.
Did my fellow posters here not pay attention at all to what took place in Philly? Do they not see the disaster that Kelly has left behind? It does not matter that they threw the ball more than they ran it. That was only because they had too, not because they wanted too.
What Lowell is stating is this: Kelly wants to run the ball. He wants to run his option offense in the NFL. He thinks that offense is the next wave of genius. The bees knees. Because it worked in college it can work in the NFL. Right?
Kind of like Coach Boeheim taking his zone D to the NBA. That will work too!
Look, the NFL is the crème de la crème. The best of the best. The size and speed of the game is so much faster than the college game. Even the elite of the college game. Just ask any NFL player and if they are being honest with you, they will tell you just that. So you might win some games in college with a system like that, where your QB is the best athlete on the field. But in the NFL there are 11 guys on the defensive side of the ball who are just as good, if not better. Faster. Bigger. Stronger. And ready to dismantle an opposing QB at any given opportunity.
Kelly is a good college coach. Good, not even great. Coach Saban, who could not win at the NFL level is a great college coach. Pete Carrol, great at both levels. Harbaugh, good at both, not great, yet. Urban Meyer, great college coach.
The sooner the Niner organization figures that out the better off they could be. Unless Kelly changes how he fundamentally thinks…….never mind that idea.
Well stated Lowell. Going to be a another tough year in Santa Clara for this team. Fun to comment on, tough to watch.
The circus isn’t back in town.
It simply never left.
Amazing that Baalke is still there given there are so many holes on the team. Maybe winning comes second to saving money with this ownership.
Just read this headline “Sources: Kubiak, Manziel talk fit with Broncos”
If the defending Super Bowl Champions are willing to even consider going that route then the Niners have simply completely overestimated the value of Kap in this market. So now they have vested his contract and are likely stuck with him or at least his financial burden for the upcoming season.
So much for “playing chicken”. The Niners didn’t just blink, they closed their eyes to the truth.
And yet somehow, I am not in the least bit surprised.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.