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McCloughan’s Mailbag 2010

Posted by Taylor Price on March 4, 2010 – 11:36 AM

Our annual offseason Q&A sessions with 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan known as “McCloughan’s Mailbag” will officially be back on 49ers.com, but with a new twist.

This year, anyone can submit questions in three ways:

-Tweet us your questions to the Official 49ers Twitter account (@SF_49ers) along with the hash-tag of #SM_Mailbag.

-Write your McCloughan’s Mailbag question in the comments section of our Facebook account here.

-Upload your questions for Scot to our 49ers YouTube account here.

Ask away, but it should be noted due to NFL rules, McCloughan cannot answer questions about any potential free agents and will refrain from giving detailed information on any draft-eligible players.

To see what was asked last year, you can read all of McCloughan’s Mailbags from 2009 here.

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183 Responses to “McCloughan’s Mailbag 2010”

  1. By debbie on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    hi scot

  2. By Aaron Horne on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    In years past the 49ers have stuck with the common phrase, “we will take the best player available.”

    Is there any plans to focus more on the team need versus the best player available? Th team can always use depth, but we have two first round picks and it seems we can afford to focus on need this year, possibly more then years past.

  3. By Michael Lewis on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scot, I know you wont be that active in free agency, but what free agents might you be interested in to help add depth or to fill key roles on the roster ?

  4. By Chris McMahan on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scott, I have been a 49ers fan since I was 8 years old. Is there any chance that the 49ers might draft a quarterback, or is Alex Smith the guy for 2010?

  5. By Carl Fortner on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    With Frank Gore having so many carries,why not look at that Spliier kid from Clemson? He’s got Chris Johnson speed and would make a great change of pace when he touches the ball. Then go and sign a o-lineman.

  6. By Chris McMahan on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Last year the niners gave up a lot of big plays in the secondary. Is there any chance the 49ers might want to bring in Darren Sharper to help them out?

  7. By roasthawg on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Taking a right tackle in the first round has historically not happened too often (Cherilus, Otah, and Carey are the most recent ones that come to mind and only one of those three was probably deserving of his draft spot) and most of the best RT’s in the league have been drafted outside of the first round (Stewart, Stinchcomb, McKenzie, Colon). It’s not a well kept secret that you’re planning on taking a RT this year if one of the good tackle prospects are available (Bulaga, Davis, Williams, maybe Campbell)… can you comment at all on the positional value of the right tackle position and why you feel it’s ok to take one in the top 20 picks?

  8. By vick on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi scot, is there any chance that 49res might look at taylor mays because of size and speed that might help the 9ers secondary. It will give 9ers the physical presence and that is what mike singletary wants in safety.

  9. By James Cruise on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    I hope we grab a tackle or lupati, and spiller or mays, then pass rush in 2nd, and another tackle and supporting cast later.

  10. By Matt Taylor on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott,

    Many teams in the NFL are starting to go with a 2 or three running back package where they divide touches up pretty evenly… and they are having success doing that. From a personnel stand point are the 49ers looking into adding depth at the running back position and dividing up the amount each back touches the ball… perhaps giving Coffee a little bit more time and perhaps adding a speedy change of pace back through free agency or in the draft.

  11. By John Tyler on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Amen on spiller, he would be a game changer and free up pressure on Smith/Crabtee

  12. By Steve Faber on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scott i have been a niners fan now for 25 years and I always look at the roster to see what the niners need, and you know what I say go for a QB without a doubt in free agency Alex really needs someone good to compete with. I mean lets face it Alex is not that great he would be good as a backup but not a starter right now. We need a good 300 yard passer thats it and some help on OL and safety. So lets see take a look at bulger, vick, and you know how about jason campbel willing to trade for a first round pick why not the niners have two. GO 49ERS pick right and lets win next year, COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By David Likey on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think the o-line is the biggest need.

  14. By Jonathan on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Why would you take spiller over a needed position if he is available espiecially when you just drafted glen coffe last yr? Also do you think we can get db Mccourity in the third, if he is available would you take him?

  15. By tyler vanthof on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    why dont we get dez bryant to go with crab tree on the other side

  16. By Ramiro on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Have you looked at all at the possibility of Darren Sproles(SD) becoming our new KR/PR or Richard Marshall(CAR)? Both are available, The draft can then be a focus on:(RT,Safety,Guard,RB,CCB) not in that order but. CJ Spiller is still an awesome option for a backup RB and a great PR/KR back up of either FA where to get hurt.My question is; why dont we fill our gaps through the Free agency and the draft? why do we do it mostly through the draft? There are good FA’s out there right now. It’s our chance to finally fiil the holes. I want more aggressiveness on offense,to help our defense out.

  17. By Chris on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    What do you think about trading down with one of our first picks and still trying to get a guy like Brandon Graham?

  18. By jamie oswald on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. McCloughan, this years off season is of higher importance then the last few years. We are on the verge of winning our division next year, and ending our playoff drout. It is crucial that you and your staff have an excellent draft this year, and put our team on top of the division. I feel we are only a few pieces away from reaching that goal. What do you think is going to put the 49ers back on top?

  19. By Shaj on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scot,

    There is popular perception that Alex Smith is getting support from you because you made that choice at #1 in 2005. Do you feel confident that he has the skills to take us to the superbowl? At what point do you look hard for his successor in FA or the draft?

  20. By John Saltiban on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Aloha Scott,
    I’m a long time niner fan and I just wanted to let you and the coaching staff know that Im pleased in the direction the team is headed in. I know you’re not allowed to talk about free agents, but just wanted to know if we plan on making a bigger “splash” this year than last year. There is a couple of noteable free agents that could fill some gaps. Also, what do you think about this years draft class? I personally think this years draft is deep in all positions, except QB’s. Mahalo (Thanks) from the FAITHFUL fans in HAWAII.

  21. By terrence on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    hi scott what do you think About Orlando pace to help fix the o-line? and what are you interests when you look at this years draft thanks.

  22. By Craig on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Scot,

    I’m sure you will get this question from others, but how do you feel about drafting C.J Spiller? I think this guy is just what the 49ers need. He has game-changing speed and athleticism, can play out of the backfield or in the slot, and also could also solve our punt return and kickoff return issues. I think he could be the 49ers version of Percy Harvin, and would provide the most value of any player in the first round, because he will not only make plays and score touchdowns on offense, but also will dramatically improve our starting field position in the return game, and that can’t be overlooked. I’m all for adding a offensive tackle too, but I think Spiller would have the most impact of any offensive player we can draft.

  23. By Jason Stofer on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott – On one hand, it concerns me when I hear you say that you stick with your philosophy no matter what and on the other hand it’s nice to hear you have strength in your convictions. The reason it concerns me, is because the 49ers need play makers on the O-side and D-side of the ball.

    Take a guy like CJ Spiller; he would work wonders as a threat in the running game, passing game and SPECIAL TEAMS!!! And, boy were the 49ers special team awful last year (returns that is, coverage was good) Yet, it sounds like you would take a pass on him just because he’s not a prototypical running back in your eyes. I believe that kind of thinking is to narrow and that, that kind of thinking could make you miss a special player.

    Shouldn’t a GM have an open mind to any player regardless of measurables??? Like you always say the TAPE doesn’t lie. Right? So, does CJ Spiller’s tape look good to you?

    Thanks for do this and I wish nothing but the best for you and the 49ers of course!!


  24. By tony on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi! Scott,

    Is it possible to trade the two first round pick for the best DL in college. Like the jets did last year.

  25. By Manny on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    hey scott,

    Our team is a QB away from being a playoff team, why not take a chance on Mcnabb? and draft bradford. give bradford few years to watch Mcnabb and learn. i feel like every year you take a chance on the QB’s we got, we really don’t progress, its time to forget about the mistake of drafting alex smith 1st overall and just move on!

  26. By Aaron Erickson on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Scott,
    I appreciate the work you are doing, and I am fully aware that talent evaluation is not an exact science. I was wondering what your approach Is to injured players. I know the team selected Ray McDonald (a first or second round talent if healthy) in the third round, fully knowing that his ability to contribute immediately was in doubt. When a uniquely talented player falls due to injury, how much value do they lose on the 49er draft board? By way of an example (that I wouldn’t expect you to respond directly to), O’Brien Schoefield seemed like a player in the Justin Smith mold: He pursues the passer relentlessly and attacks double teams, giving 100% on every play. By all accounts (I am not a Wisconsin fan, so I don’t know), he makes his team better in the locker room, weight room, and on the field. As an undersized DE, He transitioned to the 4-3 OLB for the E-W Shrine game and got an INT after one week of practice in the position. Before he got hurt at the Senior Bowl, I thought he might be a perfect second or third round pick (no elite, explosive first step) for the 49ers. Would an injury to a player who is expected to undergo a position change be less of an impact on their draft value, since they are unlikely to contribute much as they learn a new spot anyway, or is it the same for every player? Also, has Ray McDonald’s prolonged difficulty with a pre-existing injury scared the team off of selecting talented players whose injuries have made them available in mid to later rounds?

  27. By edggy on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Scot dont listen too them ,like your gonna anyway ,but im think’n you juz might listen too Rathman and u cant tell me ,he looks @ Toby G and see’s himself in the mirror ,Take O Line with 13 trade back with 17 for a late first and early second and grab that kid ……………

  28. By 49erFromBirth on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Draft picks are an easy choice. If we can get them, we need to pick up CJ Spiller number 13 and Taylor Mays 17.
    Spiller will give Gore a rest as well as give Smith another target. Not to mention completely 180in our return game (Coffee can be traded for a needed player).
    Mays is what Willis is but for a safety. Big size and lots of speed. He will keep the QBs guessing as well as have the size to stop plays dead.
    As for OL we can pick up a free agent. Lineman take time to be good and with a second round pick O lineman under some veterans and our awesome coaches, we will be great.
    If we play our cards right there is no reason we cant make a huge impact in the playoffs next year.
    Keep up the good work 9ers. I finally have pride in my team again!

  29. By Joel Gordon on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Scott I love what you and Singletary are doing for the 49ers. I wanted to know how you feel about Graham in the draft. And how do you feel about Rolle and Sproles in the free agents?

  30. By Frank The Tank on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    i say draft a RT at # 13 Trent Williams from Oklahoma to help the O line and at pick # 17 roll the dice for once Scott draft Dez Bryant and we got our self’s a offense for once and a nice WR tandem Crabtree/Bryant/Morgan/Hill/Jones = Success the reason why i say Dez Bryant cause we been known to draft defense of guys for most recent years we can always get that Myron Rolle kid from FSU later in the rounds or at least look into FA for a decent corners/safety but with the 2nd round pick i say draft a good pass rusher we been lacking one for years Balmer has not live up to his hype for being a first round daft pick be smart and think offense please.

  31. By Christian Ruiz on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    You know what they sould do is get a pass rusher like Aaron Kampman or a wide reciver like Brandon Marshall because you don’t expect Micheal Crabtree to do everything and there good at pass rushing but not that good to be a super bowl contending team.The other idea is to draft or sign a great conerback because they struggle in pass coverge.Also what they have to do in the draft is withh the 13# pick get T Anthony Davis because they can’t block for nothing.With the 17# pick they should pick C.J Spiller to return kick off returns and punt returns because they suck at it and get the load off of Frank Gore.

  32. By anthony carswell on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    hi scott I hope we can draft Taylor Mays he has the speed to cover he’s big,physical,and fast.like u said its a big mans game a he will put fear into alot of teams because he can cover and come up to help the run and can hit.Taylor Mays the kind of player singletary would love he brings that physical game that we want at strong saftey.Most the usc safties had great success in the nfl plus we had a hall of famer by the name of ronnie lott.I hope you get a chance to read my comment scott I know he will be a special player for us.Taylor Mays body shows his dedication to the gym and the sport.Thank You

  33. By Joe on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Scott: I have a different spin on the CJ Spiller option. If he is available to the niners at 13 could we swap first round picks with San Diego and also get their #3 quarterback Chalie Whithurst. I have been following the Chargers just a bit and it appears that Coach Turner is using him to call in plays (according to their web site). Perhaps a guy like that might be able to be “brought in” to provide some competition in the QB corps particularly at the #2 spot. Maybe the niners could trade down further and pick up a few more players. Spiller doesn’t end up in Seattle The niniers don’t necessarily invest in a player that might have durability isssues and perhaps the Chargers get someone they may be happy with.

  34. By Biz on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply


    I think our primary need areas in this draft are OL (RT and Guard), DE/DT, and SS. I think our secondary need areas in this draft are CB, WR, ILB, and RB.

    I think we can get a good RT in the frst round. But, I worry we are reaching and paying too much money for a RT. Either way I think if we get one of the top 4 tackles (Okung, Williams, Boluga, or Davis) and possibly resign Pashos and Simms as backups we should be fine.

    I also think we should draft the best player available. I believe strongly in drafting defense in the first round. i think drafting large. primier athletes in the first round is essential to a teams success. For example, I think if we have the opportunity to get Rolando Mclain (in the first round); he is a no-brainer. I also think we need to strongly consider gabbing Bradon Spikes or D Washington from TCU (in the second round). This will give them one year to learn and then hit the ground running next year. the 9ers would have one of the most feared LB corps. Takeo is awesome but he is getting a little long in the tooth.

    I think we should only pick a CB if we think Spencer, Brown, and Clements cannot do the job; I think they can. I think we can pick up a CB in free agency and then pick up a CB late in the draft.

    here are my suggestions for draft picks: (these are based on current, expected projections)

    pick #13 – Trent Williams (RT)
    pick #17 – Taylor Mays (SS) or Earl Thomas
    2nd round – D Washington (ILB – TCU) or Brandon Spikes or Carlos Dunlap or Nate Allen (S)
    3rd round – Hardesty (RB – Tenn)
    4th round – Dorin Dickerson (TE – Pitts) or Mike Johnson (OG)
    5th round – Muckelroy (LB -Texas) or Riley Cooper (WR – Florida)
    6th round – Micah Johnson (ILB) or Cam Thomas (DT UNC) — maye Cam will make up for Balmer
    6th round – Carlton Thomas (WR South Florida)
    7th round – Javaris James (RB – Miami)

  35. By Josh on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    hey scot
    would you guys consider Taylor Mays with our 13th pick in the first round? he would be great to have with goldson in the back feild.

  36. By Anthony on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Been a fan since Brodie, Washington and all. Just want to say talent is important but heart and character should count as well. Good luck in this years draft

  37. By harman sehgal on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    what parts do you feel u guys need the most help?

  38. By Mark on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Wouldn’t a smaller, super-quick, scat-back or WR actually INCREASE the effective ‘power’ of the offense by keeping the defense off balance? The super-quick guys tend to keep the defense on their heels, and thus makes the power game stronger. On the other hand, if all of your guys are the same, the it’s easier for the defense to prepare for. Wouldn’t a change-of-pace RB and/or WR in the middle rounds make the offense more well-rounded and more difficult to prepare for?

  39. By kevin rogers on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scot is there a chance if Tim Tebow is available are we going to draft him cause we need a QB because i don’t think Smith will hold the team.

  40. By patrick on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    trust the board. BPA is what is best for future, do you agree. Morgan looked decent as KR and Clements can do PR if not addressed in draft. Do you move up if Gerhart is there in late 2nd? him and frank in the backfield on 3rd and short sounds tempting oposing D can’t key on either. sure he would do well on St too.How excited are you to have OC two years in a row finally? Haven’t seen much film, but Spoon from MU looks good, May be there in 2nd to replace Bricks ST duties and lockerroom energy and 2nd Mike.If we don’t address Mike in draft is Britt or Scott M the one for the job? Thankyou for your hard work. It will be repaid in Jan and hopefully Feb. Everyone plays Aug thru Dec. Goniners!!!!

  41. By patrick on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    how frustrating is it that we had 2 of the top 4 teams on the ropes last year, on the road no less? Best Div. record too. Future looks bright. Finish!!!

  42. By Noah on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


    God Bless,

    Noah Clair

  43. By Noah on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Leave Running Back alone in the draft!! We have Frank Gore for pete’s sake!!!

    We don’t need a running back in the draft!!!

    Noah Clair

  44. By Smuman on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a 49er fan for 30 years.
    I am sick and tired of excuses.
    One simple question.
    When will you put together a championship team?

  45. By John V. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Scott, what will it take for you to realize that your philosophy of drafting “bigger is better” is a failure when it comes to our aptly named “Offensive Line”? How about drafting an O-lineman with more athleticism this time around who can actually move their feet, pass-protect, and actually has the speed to get in front of the RB on sweeps and pulls? Unfortunately our guys seem slow and unable to “beat the other player to the punch” as Bill Walsh used to say.

    With O-linemen bigger may not necessarily better and hopefully you will have noticed this and adjust accordingly. Otherwise I like what you have done with the team, and great hire in Coach Solari! Fix the O-line and we will rock next season.

  46. By bryan on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    spiller 13 ol 17

  47. By TIM on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    The jets gave up a 3rd possibly second rounder in the 2011 draft (which apears to be weak) for cromartie. why did you not make that trade? He would have easily benifitted from our style of d and a change of atmosphere. I think coach would have whipped him into shape and return him 2 pro bowl form.

  48. By TIM on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Please do not draft Taylor Mays, we already have a run stuffing line and linebackers, we need playmakers in the secondary, not glorified linebackers. Please i would rather you not draft anyone than spend all that money on a bust like Taylor mays. There is no way earl thomas wont be there at 17 and that kid makes plays and can be switched to CB if absolutely neccessary, OL at 13 and were in the playoffs.

  49. By TIM on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    2nd/3rd/4th round there should be some good senior prospects avalible at CB/Pass rusher/RB. Plus that kid from central michigan Dan Lefevor, Cant start right away but i see him as a pro bowl QB in 3 years or so, we can stick with Alex till then. What are your thoughts?

  50. By Sweetdaddyrich on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


    I feel that were on the cusp of becoming a great team again but, we are missing out on some really good defensive players that could help our team be a NFC west powerhouse. Go an get someone,stop being complacent. WE WANT WINS NOW. Also Alex Smith is not our Best Option at QB, We need a viable vet to train the rookie QB we should draft. COLT MCCOY or DAN LEFEAVOUR. Also we need a RB to help Frank. I think we should draft; CJ Spiller or JAVHID Best. Stop sitting by an letting every team in the league become better than us. We want wins or you will not be GM next year guaranteed. PLEASE MAKE SOME MOVES OR I WILL FOREVER RENOUNCE MY NINERS LOYALTY. WE ARE TIRED OF LOSING OR BARELY MAKING IT. How many more 8-8,7-9, or 4-12 seasons are we going to tolerate as members of the ninernation. Just WIN baby

  51. By Nova on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think we should pass up on all QB this draft and wait for Jake Locker to come out of college. What do you think about that Scott

  52. By Matthew Herzog on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Make Us Proud Scotty.Uve Been On Top Of Your Game In The Past Couple Drafts..Willis,Davis,Staley,Crabtree.Etc Etc..But Id Like2See Us Pick Up A RT Or Dexter Mcluster,Taylor Mays Or Eric Berry..Or Possibly Pull A Bill Walsh Nd Get Sum Additional Picks With A Trade Of One Of The 2 1ST Rounders..Anybodys Thoughts I Think Thats What We Need??

  53. By JIM on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think the 49ers should pick a few good offensive linemen first, then maybe a CB,safty,…..the 49ers did great last year better than the last few.now they have to take it to the next level this year. GO 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  54. By Phillipe on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Please go after Carlos Dansby in the freeagent market. With him and Willis in the middle that defensive will be unstoppable.

  55. By Ricardo Lopez on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scott..Alex smith is a great guy. But I think you gotta let him go. Why not try to go after Mcnabb or a top QB in the Draft..right know our defense is good. Last year our offense was not getting the job done and thats what you should focus on this off season..We need a better QB!

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  57. By Irvins Torres on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scot do u think that the 9ers should focus more on the o linemen and secondry

  58. By Aristotle on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Scott I know you guys said you won’t make a big impacted on any free agent, but these are players that will help this team win games. I coach college football too and I will be in the NFL in a couple years so I know what I’m talking about.

    1. Julies Peppers- We both know this player can contribute a lot to this team!

    2. Antrel Rolle- PLEASE SIGN HIM!!! we need a safety and what better then a very physical fast and tall safety! OR Darren Sharper- great veteran with some play in hime still

    3. Thomas jones/ Darren Spores/ or LT- bring one of these backs with gore and coffee and we would be very hard to stop.

    4.Derrick Mason- Bring in a veteran WR that can play at a high level and still teach our young WRs as well.

    YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME OF THESE MOVES.. I’m not just talking bs I’m serious and those no way you can disagree with me when I say that any of these players will help our team WIN GAMES!!

    hope you make the right choices

  59. By Aristotle on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    forget about peppers he’s with the bears.

  60. By Ray on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I wish 49ers would go out and get some impact players so we can beat teams like Saints and Colts 8-8 does not cut it Mr GM u said u want it done the right way well ur way hasnt took 49ers to the playoffs so maybe u should change ur mind and go grab a Brandon Marshall or some proven Lineman.

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  63. By AZ on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    hey scott
    i appreciate you taking the time to looking over these emails….. i understand you’re not going to be able to tell us much about the draft…. but i urge and beg of you NOT to listen to ANY of these fans there’s a reason why we’re fans and you’re the gm! we all know what would happen if fans ran the team! we wouldn’t win one stinking game! so i appreciate u taking the time out of your day to listen to the fans but please don’t let them have any impact on how u do things!
    Good luck this year! and do your thing scott

  64. By mathew on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    i dont think that we dont need anybody. i think are team is the best and we dont need anybody els

  65. By Dion on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Scot.

    1. I think you should sign Joey Porter because he is a good pass rusher plus he would fit in a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense.

    2. I think the 49ers need pick-up a few O-linemen that are free agents.

    3. Antrel Rolle is another player that you should sign to 49ers. He would help make our defense much better.

  66. By Jay on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott

    I have noticed that we have two corners on free agency? So if that is true, do you think you will draft two corners to replace them? If so please look into the Boise Corner he has speed, hes aggressive and he has good vision. Also look into Californias Corner back Thompson.
    Anyways good Luck on the draft picks sir, I hope they make a impact ASAP when they get signed.

  67. By bill on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    hey scott you guys should look at drafting tony pike in the later rounds.Hes solid and could compete with smith for the starting job.

  68. By debbie on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    hi scott
    i have gone over this time and time again.and i would have to take tebow. he is amazing in every way. what a perfect example for kids and players. he is a winner and no matter what he does in his football career he will be great at it. anyone that gets a player like this is truly fornatute. i have been watching him his attitude and devotion for his team mates.he has everything to suceed in the nfl and i hope evry day we get him.he is perfect player for the niners and singletary another pat willis on offense.i just couldnt pass him up and if you do which i hope you dont i hope it is dan lefevour.do you think it would be smart to trade down and get more players and still pick up tebow and a pass rusher or cornerback ,kick returner? thanks scott and go niners i am also on that spiller train

  69. By maria on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    hi scott
    i have gone over this time and time again.and i would have to take tebow. he is amazing in every way. what a perfect example for kids and players. he is a winner and no matter what he does in his football career he will be great at it. anyone that gets a player like this is truly fornatute. i have been watching him his attitude and devotion for his team mates.he has everything to suceed in the nfl and i hope every day we get him.he is perfect player for the niners and singletary another pat willis on offense.i just couldnt pass him up and if you do which i hope you dont i hope it is dan lefevour.do you think it would be smart to trade down and get more players and still pick up tebow and a pass rusher or cornerback ,kick returner? thanks scott and go niners i am also on that spiller train

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  72. By Jay1699 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


    Why haven’t we been making any moves, or even interviewing players, in FA and/or via trade? Cromartie went for a mere 3rd round pick (conditional) and would be an instant upgrade at, what most feel, is a need position. We also should have gotten in on the Boldin trade, as it detracts from a rival and upgrades a needed position.

    At least make a play for Marshall so the Seahawks don’t end up with the best WR in the NFL? Marshall would be an absolute beast in our “Raye-gun” offense and we desperately need speed at the wideout position.

    Lastly, why not make a trade for Merriman? The Bolts have hinted that they want him gone and he is an elite 3-4 OLB in the prime of his career….he would be a steal for a 3rd, or so, round pick.

  73. By joseph on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Why don’t you won’t to pick any free agents up?

  74. By TAY on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    this suckz still scot an mike have done nothin to sign a free agent i mean i how many more players gotta be signed before they act on the great players that could fit right in

  75. By Jay on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I heard that the niners cant sign anyone till Midnight! ARE YOU CRAZY! By that time all the good players from the F.A will be taken off the board. I just hope they get more in deph of o-line n secondary. Our De, MLB’s Are ok.

  76. By Dusty on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    sitting on our hands again….guess we will enjoy another 8-8 year.

  77. By Josh on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    TAYLOR MAYS. he would be an IMPACT on the team. hes like a bigger version of Brian Dawkins

  78. By WILLIAM on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    DAVID CARR come on y s.hill A.smith are ok get the oline together please with all these LB’S out there
    i mean will witherspoon , joey porter , kirk morrison
    safety wilson just to name a few yall could be meeting
    Im not the coaches i don’t see the players like they do but i seen the games last year and the oline is #1
    on the list safety corner back punt return guy all are 2nd

  79. By Jacob McCarthy on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    How bout some dbs and o line in the first rounders.TAYLOR MAYS.

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  81. By tommy on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    you suck were going to be 8-8 again david carr really you really dont know what you are doing.

  82. By Buzz on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scot. Any chance of packaging 1 of your 2 1st round picks with a later pick to move up in the draft and grab the best T avaialble? Or possibly a combo of picks to move up into the top 2 picks to get 1 of the 2 best DT to come out of college in years and then use your 2nd 1st round pick on a S like Mays from USC?? This would set your defense up for years to come having a core group of young talent to play around Willis.

  83. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scot,

    With the changing of the guard that seem to be happening in the NFC West, I am wondering why we are not making any key moves in free agency. Granted we have a host a draft picks to work with, but why aren’t we getting established veterans. Peppers may have been out of our price range, but we desperately need a pass rusher. A work horse on the d-line to compliment and elevate the game of A. Franklin and J. Smith. Aaron Kampman is still out there, and he wants to put his hands back in the dirt and rush the passer. Injury and age are a question, but if the numbers are right he would be a valuable asset. Also why not go after Antrel Rolle. With the news that Seattle is going after Brandon Marshall and the fact that they already have TJ, we would need a stronger secondary. With this being a pass first league, and the fact the we see the hawks twice a yr……..and drafting a corner or safety i think is a need for us but if we can, again, get a vet who doesnt have that learning curve, is comfortable with the speed of the game and reading/recognizing the offense, why not go after him. OR go after B-Mar. He’s tendered and would require a 1st round pick but 3 striaght 100+ catch seasons, will be a willing and aggressive blocker in Coach Singletary’s running game, and who will open things up even more for Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. If we are going with Alex and we want him to succeed, he needs pieces. Give up that 17th for Marshall Use that 13th for an O-Lineman. I understand building through the draft, but at 8-8 we past the building stage, now we add pieces and progress. We are on the brink of something special. That started with Coach Singletary. The attitude of the players are different and they dont want to win, but they know if they put in the work that we are going to win. So lets reward our team with pieces that will progress us to the NEXT LEVEL.

  84. By Red Hickey on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s an idea, how about you stop being so stubborn. Stubborn on this stupid philosophy that you have. Do you honestly feel that you path and philosophy is REALLY gonna get us a serious run in the playoffs any time soon. If I were you and sing, I would not necessarily be concerned with the shape of the team 5 years from now. Don’t you understand that this is a win now league and that if Jed was not such a pushover, that you and sing would be on a 2 year clock from this point forward. Your track record has had it’s highs and (more) lows but the jury is still out. Sing Was bailed out by his staff often last season. As for the draft and off season moves, I would be inclined to use the 13th pick for the best tackle available and trade the 17th pick for multiple picks, but honestly your talent as an evaluator really worries me and makes me wonder would you actually be able to strike gold with more picks.

  85. By Smuman on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    DAVID CARR?????

  86. By Jeremy on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Have you considered trading one of our first round picks to Baltimore for Jared Gaither (RFA). Only 23 years old, 6’9″ and 340, and already has 28 career starts at LT, might be better suited for RT. First round picks are always a gamble, why not make a move for a sure thing and pair him with Staley for the net ten years. Then take the best player with th eremaining pick, hopefully Spiller will be around, he can help in the run game, pass game and most of all the return game.

  87. By Red Hickey on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I know it can be Pointed to that you have a high number of your selections on the roster, but can that really be taken into account if talentwise, they shouldn’t be? Do you realize that the people that you stated that you pattern yourself after (Ron wolf comes to mind) have not had major-longterm success? Sure he won a superbowl and went to another but minus that, his teams have been supremely mediocre and went downhill fast. Like the packers, they were good for those couple of years but then the “big, strong” players you refer to got “SLOWER AND SLOWER”. Speed and athleticism beats strength and power 7 days a week and twice on Sundays. Don’t miss out on a player like spiller simply becuase you have a stubborn philosophy that is not applicable to today’s game. If you pass on him , let it be because there’s a player that fits a need for us more than he would. Another thing is this “best player available” thing. If your talent as an evaluator is a question mark, then how can the “bpa” be applicable? Who’s to say you’re right about the bpa being the bpa or just your bpa.

  88. By David on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Scott Why are the 49ers not pursuing Brandon Marshall. We have two first rounders. Everyone knows that the Hawks are trying to offer up thier # 14. Atleast by us making an offer we can force the Seahawks to use thier # 6 pick. This also Gives Alex Smith a premier wideout. Might save us having to aquire a new QB and keep Seattle from getting one that will hurt us in the long run.

  89. By monte on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Since the quarterback situation in SF is HORRIFIC, is there any posibility you guys will try to aquire someone that at least gives a winning possibility? Jake Delhomme maybe?

  90. By monte on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Any chance the niners will go after a veteran qb like maybe Delhomme?

  91. By Dion on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    We do not need David Carr. You made that mistake before by signing J.T. from Det.

  92. By Biz on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    After watching last seasons games, I think the 9ers biggest needs are pass rush and offensive line. The 9ers need to replace Isaac on the DL with a faster, bigger threat. On the OL we need to pick up a RT and add some competition at guard.

    I am confused why Demetric Evans, Isaac, Ray McDonald, and Balmer (worst 1st round pick in years) cannot get the job done? I left Justin Smith off the list because he is a stud and produces. Why can we not get pressure on the QB? Is a problem with our secondary? I do not think so. I see other teas put pressure on opposing QBs when they dial up blitzes. We look like we can barely get pressure when we dial up blitzes. I think we need to add a DE with some speed. I like Ahmad Brooks burst, but we need the pressure to come from the left DT position. This would open up other players to make plays.
    Thus, the 9ers should strongly consider drafting a DE/DT (Brian Price or Dan Williams or ordeck or maybe even Dunlap).

    I know it is important to develop players, but we only have a few more years with Frank Gore at an elite level. Thus, we need to add young OL talent now.
    We may want to draft a OT (Buluga or Trent Williams) and OG (Iutapi) in the first round. It is not sexy, but we have enough weapons with Morgan/Crabtree, Walker/Davis, and Gore. We can add a stud S like Chad Jones in the 2nd round and a RB like Hardesty in the 3 round.

    Ideally if we could trade down in the 1st round I think we could pick up a late 2nd rounder. Then we could pick up OL and DL in the first round, secondary and OG in the 2nd, and a RB or WR in the 3rd, and ILB/OLB/CB in the 4th.

  93. By JohnS on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. McCloughan, It is a great move looking at and hopefully acquiring Carr from the Giants. He has west-coast offense experience playing for Pat Hill. He is more athletic in the pocket than Smith and can create opportunities for Crabtree and Davis. A major plus is that Carr understands the game at a high level, he is at home in the position, and he is at a point in his career where he wants to leave a legacy. In addition, he is a leader who values integrity which is a perfect humble fit for coach Singletary. As a 49er faithful for 28 years, look at Carr for not only create “competition for Smith”, look at Carr to start.

  94. By JohnS on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Smuman – It appears you have unfounded prejudice for Carr. Your most likely not aware that Carr has more experience STARTING than any current 49er QB, he is in his prime at 30, he has a stronger arm than most in the league, and he is at a point in his career where is wants to leave a legacy, so “Way Too Far”, not at all, its the perfect fit.

  95. By MARTIN on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I KNOW THE CARR RUMOR IS JUST THAT A RUMOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE NEED DARREN SPROLES OR CJ SPILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE NEED SHARPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    SPEND SOME MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. By MARTIN on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply


    WE HAVE THE FAITHFUL FANS IN THE STANDS WIN OR LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS DRAFT A NEW GM LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. By Jay on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    WOW! I still cannot believe it. It says on NFL.com that west coast teams are supposed to start free agency by friday at midnight and Niners still havent signed anyone. Rams even signed ppl, But no niners! I guess The niners are only interested in Carr. Hes not even that good he always throws picks. Yeah I Agree with you Martin, We do need Sharper, Micheal Lewis is getting old.

  98. By John Fuller on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey scot! Are you more inclined to look at the draft to find a kick returner or finding a free agent whohas proven he can already.

  99. By John Fuller on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    hey scot i know you probably dont care but here’s my mock draft

    1a Joe Haden CB / C.J.Spiller
    1b Brandon Graham OLB
    2 Roger Staffold RT
    3 Lamarr Houston DE / Jacoby Ford
    4 Darrell Stuckey SS
    5 A.J. Jefferson CB/KR
    6 Pat Angerer ILB
    7 Verran Tucker WR

  100. By John Fuller on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey scot! Are you more inclined to look at the draft to find a kick returner or finding a free agent who has proven himself?.

  101. By JohnS on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Jay and the rest, why do you feel compelled to blurt out fallacious stats? “Carr always throws interceptions” that comment is void of any fact whatsoever! He played in six games last for the Giants and guess how many picks he threw… any guesses… ZERO. Hmmm that is not very many for someone who “always throws picks”. Are you a forty niner fan or not? Smith had 12 picks last year in a limited role. Carr will make the niners a better team and as far as drafting goes we need to solidify our O line. We have 2 first round picks that will accomplish the aforementioned O line task and if we just care of the football we will be a contender for playoffs and beyond.

    What makes a good team great is execution!!!!

    We have a good team we just need to execute!!!

  102. By Dion on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    David Carr failed to win with the Texans. Next he was replace by a second string QB named Matt Schaub. Also he is a second string QB for the Giants, and the Giants are not even going to resign him. Besides the last time I checked David Carr only threw one touchdown pass in those six games he played. That is not enough to win games in the NFL. He is going to end up like J.T. O’Sullivan giving us a bad record.

  103. By MARTIN on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    #1 Return Specialts

    #2 Offensive Line

    #3 Lockdown Corner

    #4 TBD

  104. By Jose on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scott,
    I may be preaching to the choir, but I think there are two areas of need in which we should be solely focused on, nothing else. We need an overhaul of the Offensive Line first. One, to protect Alex and give him more time in the pocket and two, to open up holes for Frank. I am tired to see Alex running for his life after almost every snap. How can an offence function that way if they cannot pick up blitzes? We also want to see Frank and Glenn RUN, but how can we make it consistantly to have a believalble ground threat?
    The other area is our secondary. Not to say that our guys are bad, on the contrary, but they sure need depth. Nate is not getting any younger and we need solid help on nickel and dime situations. As a bonus, a real agressive pass rusher DE would be a great addition to the D-Line.
    Having all that said, how are you going to address the Free Agency and the Draft? This is an un-cap year (which is kind of confusing to undestand at times), but wouldn’t this be the year to be more agressive in acquiring free agents?
    Anyway, thank you for your time. I am faithfull we will have one great 2010 season. Go Niners!

  105. By Carl on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Just a thought. If we are not sold on Alex or Shaun being the man,why not look to the past and get Jeff Garcia to help teach these young guys? He’s not the best but he does win. With T.O. gone I think he could really help us. If Tebow is there in round 2 look at him. He’s got a strong arm and his character would help in the locker room. I like spiller but I’m in Tennessee and the Hardesty kids is the real deal. Also why not consider the QB form Central michigan? Loved the 49ers since 1972. I’”ll love them til death.

  106. By KillaCam on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Scott I know you and your team of coaches are in control of who to select but I honestly think that fans know what players are going to be studs and duds. Our special team return game was probably last or next to it arnez battle didnt do a thing we need to look at the position and not just fill in guys who not specialized in that postion like javier arenas dexter mccluster or even jahvid best and if they can do other things thats fine to but we need a specialist not a fill it we could have won two or three games last year if we had someone who could actually play football in that postion

  107. By KillaCam on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    also trade the two picks and get suh

  108. By yungbayareaboss on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    okay we should make moves in FA get Ryan Clark SS to replace Mark Roman from Pitts or go after a CB like Richard Marshall CB from Panthers to replace Dre Bly or Walt Harris & at OLB let’s look into Keith Bullock from Titans a good Vet to mentor our OLB or lets get OLB Shawne Merriam from SD and add a other Vet at the MLB position in Will Witherspoon to fill in Spikes role for next year . COME ON SCOT MAKE SOME MOVE’S ALREADY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE .

  109. By JohnS on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Actually… Dion… the Giants have a four year contract on the table for Carr. So let’s start by you talking about things you actually know!

    What Carr is doing right now is exploring his options and, so far over 10 teams have been in touch with Carr. As far as your one touchdown stat goes most second string recievers are in when Carr plays and touchdowns are not something they need, expending time is and to say that is not enough to win games is false. The truth is Payton Manning did not do enough to win this year, but that doen’t mean he can’t, it just means that he didn’t execute. So, if don’t like Carr say it and be done, but don’t start making false statements… The truth is that Carr is good … he did everything expected of him at New York, the questions real fans would ask is will he execute? To be honest that’s why they play so , I don’t know, but hope to find out!

  110. By yungbayareaboss on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Oh yeah Willie Parker RB from Pit’s to back up to Frank Gore OMG we are set think about it Scot .

  111. By Anthony on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I would go:

    #1 Offensive Tackle
    #2 Speed Corner (Got burned by speed WR’s last year)
    #3 Strong Safety (Lewis is getting old/can’t cover)
    #4 Offensive Guard
    #5 Return Specialist

    And for a question, Scott I’ve heard that you prefer bigger corner backs, and with our need mainly for a speed guy since we perform well against big wide receivers (See Boldin, FItzgerald) I was wondering who your top 5 cornerbacks would be. Also hoping you take one in the 1st or 2nd rounds. Oh and please tell me were not wasting a pick on Spiller to fill a backup rb/kr role we can get Brandon Banks in the 5th or 6th to do that…

  112. By Tony on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Scot, I think the fans are being a little too hard on you. However, you should consider spending on some of the talent already in the league. We are a couple of pieces away from taking this division by storm. But we need pieces that are ready now, not 3 years from now. The draft is very important, but what about right now. We can not afford to lose another set of coaches from not producing. We all know there’s a short leash in the league for coaches. Let’s get to that next level. We are close.

    Impact players (opinion of course):
    Brandon Marshall
    Michael Vick
    Darren Sharper
    CJ Spiller
    Russell Okung or Trent Williams

  113. By James on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I think we should try to draft Tim Tebow in the 2nd round. He would provide a multi-faceted threat that would surely help our offense tremendously.

  114. By Glen Buckley on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott. This is the first time I’ve made a comment or asked a question. I’ve been a 49ers fan for 40 years plus. I’ve one question for now. Why has management over the course of time gone away from the west coast offense that has brought the organzation so much glory up until George Seifert and Bill
    Walsh left. It wasn’t all about finesse it was physical when needed. I understand that players are bigger today than back then. I don’t see a lot of ( Ronnie Lotts, Dwight Hicks, Roger Craigs, Jerry Rices, John Taylors, Randy Crosses, Jesse McIntires just to name a few.) Caliber players out there. It was run to perfection back then. I was just curious as to the system was scrubbed for systems that haven’t worked. I do believe Coach Singletary knows that since he’s played against in his days with the Bears. Thanks for the opportunity to say a few things. I’ll always be a Niner’s fan no matter what happens.

  115. By jasom on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I think you guys are doing a great job in free agentcy buy not getting really anyone cause all they will be a quick fix when we need help for the long term and no one does that but maybe cromartie and the jets took him. dont draft spiller why waist a 1st round pick on a back up gore does everything he does and is proven except for returns you can find someoone to do that later in the draft i think smith deserves another year (i believe he will get the job done) in the draft i think we should draft a tackle like either williams from oklahoma or davis from rutgers and for sure mays he can help over the top with fitzgerald and marshall at 6 foot 3 230lbs running a 4.3 the kid helps the run and can run with anyone(o yea and if we are lucky maybe best will be there in the second round to give us that spiller play ability but cheaper)

  116. By david.hunt 49er fan forever on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott! I always have been a niners fan. My question is are you going to make some moves to improve the defense and what about getting a veteran quarteback to help with alex smith.


  117. By John Fuller on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    C’mon 49ers make the trade for gaither!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. By '84BornNiner on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Mr. McGloughan
    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions. First and foremost, I just want to say that the approach of building through the draft is always a great one for football. No offense to Nate Clements and Justin Smith, but you do not build a football team through free agency. For every Nate Clements and Justin Smith we’ve signed, there are the Jonas Jenningses and Tully Banta-Cains who didn’t live up to their contract and ultimately kept the Niners spinning their wheels.

    Now that I’ve drug up bad free agency memories for you, let me ask a draft related question. Which position do you think measurables should factor into your decision making for drafting a guy? Or are you of the mindset that what you see on film is the only thing that should be taken into account? The reason I ask this is for two prospects in particular on the O-line who you may or may not be looking into selecting in round one: Bruce Campbell of Maryland and Trent Williams of Oklahoma. In mock drafts and rankings of so-called experts before the draft, I saw both guys being talked about as middle to the end of round 1 selections. All these “experts” had questions about Williams’ arm length and ability to hold up on the left side, and Campbell’s health and toughness. Now that we are at the “post combine” part of the pre-draft analysis process, these questions seem to have subsided and now Williams is being talked about as possibly a top 15 pick and Campbell landing with the Raiders at No. 8 (as we all know how much Al loves those measurables). I know you cannot speak about players SPECIFICALLY, but I want to know if you see a O-lineman run below a 4.9 in the forty or bench press 225lbs. 40 times does it make you rank him above a guy who is similar but did not have quite the measurables a guy like Campbell or Williams possess? Vernon Davis (who I absolutely LOVE) had a lot of questions about his ability to block and lack of height going into his combine, and all of those questions seemed to disappear once he ran a 4.35 forty. Did any of the questions you had about him disappear after his amazing combine, or did he catapult himself over someone like Marcedes Lewis (who also came out in that draft) because of what you saw in Indianapolis? Again, thanks for taking the time and here’s to another great draft!

  119. By PaulJ on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Why aren’t we showing interest in Thomas Jones. He would be a significant help to the running game. Frank is great, but as we saw when he went down, there isn’t much help.

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  121. By Lloyd on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    You say you dont want to make splash with free agents, why not? I think we need to go back to being the team that signed big names like Deion Sanders and Rickey Watters, thats the 49ers I fell in love with in the 90′s. Big teams make big moves. Forget Spiller and go get Sproles! that way you will have an extra draft pick to get Mays and an OL guy. We cannot miss the playoffs this year. The time is now.

  122. By elijah righteous on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I think we should get Myron Rolle. he has good charecter and he is a heck of a player. A very disciplined and intelligent person. He would be good for our organization. he also has ome foundations that would be good in SF and that is a good city for him to plant his feet.

    What is Myron Rolle’s value to us, the organization, and where do u have him on the draft board?

  123. By Jay on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    AW MAN We signed Carr! Hopefully he won’t be the next J.T O’Sullivan. Ok since we got 4 qb’s? Is Hill out?? Lets sign some defensive backs or cornber backs so in the draft we can sign more oline man.
    Playoffs Guarantee this year! :D

  124. By Jon G-Code!, San LORENZO on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yo Scot! In this years draft there are Plenty of Talent for O-Line . I think the 49ers are in a position like the NY Jets in 2006 having two first round picks. The Jets selected D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Nick Mangold. who are both Pro Bowlers and the Jets have one of the BEST O-Line in the NFL. I feel we should concentrate in building our first round picks on the O-Line such as the JUGGERNAUT Mike Lupati and Brian Bulaga! or someone rated higher then Bulaga these guys are STUDS!!… Mike Lupati reminds me of 49ers great Jesse Sapolu. PLEASE PUT THAT IN MIND about DRAFTING MIKE LUPATI! on Selection #17.

    Thanks!!! lets bring back the GLORY! we have been WAITING!!!


  125. By Rommel on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I think you just did the dumbest thing possible, and honestly im not surprised… try to pay more attention to your team! cough patrick willis cough.

    Besides Nate Davis has more talent in his thumb than david carr in his whole carrer, and the worst part is that there will be no FAIR competition for the job. Nate Davis is going to outperformed Shaun Hill, Singletary already said next season Alex Smith is going to be the starter and now david carr is going to be the backup because Singletary is an old school coach who thinks experience is EVERYTHING.

    God! help us.

  126. By Ivan Rivera on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scott,

    With the 49ers having two first round picks, I think that C.J. Spiller is a cant miss type of back. Should he fall to the 49ers at pick 13, I think he will compliment Frank Gore immensly. Defenses will respect the run as well as the pass because of the multitude of weapons now in the 49ers hands, i.e. Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and C.J. Spiller. Also, I think that a good tackle can be drafted in the second round, if Taylor Mays is available in the 17th pick, why not got after a guy that to me has the compatibility of an Adrian Wilson, the safty from the Arizona Cardinals. If we are going with value picks, these two guys can be difference makers on both offense and defense respectively. I know the 49ers are in need of Offensive line help, but Charles Brown is a guy i like and I think will fall into the 49ers in the second round. He has good size 6’6′ 303lbs. This is great size for a tackle with nimble feet. I know Corner back is another need for the 49ers, and although i dont think Joe Hadden will fall out of the top 10 he is a pick that the 49ers should consider if he is available.

  127. By Justin on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Scot,

    I am an avid niner fan. In general I share your philosophies on football and player personnel. This is a big man’s game and as Jon Wooden states, the team with the best players win. So, I do agree with pursuing the best player available and trying not to “reach” however there can be some problems with not being flexible at the right times. Henry Ford said that you should make decisions quickly and stick with them unless you are clearly wrong. That being said, in an age where running backs are in high supply and demand is relatively (key word being relatively) low, adding depth at this position however helpful will be of little benefit if we cannot win the war at the line of scrimmage. Any scheme, running or passing will be defeated or won with the strength (and depth) of our line which we lack the most. RB’s on the other hand are plentiful, so much so that names like Sproles and Tomlinson run around in free agency. Another area that seems to be in great need is our secondary. I’m sure you here the same arguments and I respect you having a spine and not wavering year in and year out but an intelligent decision maker sees the big picture when coupling his principles and takes action; only through great risk do you have great achievement. This all being said, we can easily add depth through free agency or a later round (Sproles 4th, Gore came late as well) without “reaching” for the best player available blind to our positional needs. I am certain there is no such blindness and we faithful do “believe” in you and our team. It just would be more sound to carefully consider that sometimes we do need to focus on what our team needs and do not just sit back and relax on our philosophies all of the time. Regardless of the outcome, I am sure you will do your best. I pray that this does include a new DB and O-lineman with our first couple of picks but who knows! Good luck! J

  128. By mike on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Scott,

    I am now believed that the niners will not go anywhere this season or the next. I can’t believe you guys signed David Carr instead of Jake Dehormme. I and the rest of the niners nation lost hope and will never going to purchase any season tickets again!!! I hate this orgnization. I lost hope!

  129. By jon on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Scott, I think you should go after Jared Gathier who is a beast at Tackle. He would be better than any Tackle we could get out of the draft. What is your thought on getting gathier and drafting Earl Thomas in the draft? Is it true that Dashon Gholdson said he would move to Strong Safety if we draft Earl Thomas? I think that would be one heck of a pair of safeties in our secondary!

  130. By Jen on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    My question to is if Golden Tate is available would you guys draft him. He is a great return. He also can be use as a wide receiver to spread the field. You can also do special plays for him as a running back.

  131. By aidan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    We should take Spiller if possible. Coffee is not that good to begin with and Spiller brings a lot more to the table when you consider his potential to be a game changing return guy. We should also either take Taylor Mays or go after Oshiomogho Atogwe. Either way, we’d have two talented young guys back there at safety. If offensive line is enough of an issue to warrant a first round pick, it would make more sense to trade a pick to Baltimore for Jared Gaither than to gamble on some unproven talent like Trent Williams or Bruce Campbell. Go niners!

  132. By TAY on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    i dont like what scot an mike are doing one bit in this free agency we could use….a DE like mark anderson a speedy pass rusher cuz all of the primere guys on the DL line are gone an hes the only one left or we could have gotten karlos dansby but scot an mike got stuck on stupid…..i hope we sign torry holt to help ae young recievers out cuz in the graft i hope we do move up to get someone like ndomankdu suh or gerald mccoy…or if not jus stay were we are an get taylor mays an eric berry

  133. By Biz on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    The ’9ers need to PICK UP JUSTIN FARGAS and sign him to a 3 or 4 year deal!!

  134. By Biz on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Picks based on current projections

    pick #13 – Trent Williams (RT) (Buluga, Anothy Davis, and Okung are also solid choices)
    pick #17 – Taylor Mays (SS) or Earl Thomas
    2nd round – D Washington (ILB – TCU) or Brandon Spikes or Carlos Dunlap or Nate Allen (S)
    3rd round – Hardesty (RB – Tenn)
    4th round – Dorin Dickerson (TE – Pitts) or Mike Johnson (OG)
    5th round – Muckelroy (LB -Texas) or Riley Cooper (WR – Florida)
    6th round – Micah Johnson (ILB) or Cam Thomas (DT UNC) — maye Cam will make up for Balmer
    6th round – Carlton Thomas (WR South Florida)
    7th round – Javaris James (RB – Miami)

  135. By Roderick Henderson on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    My number one question is about trying to fill some of the OL holes in FA to get a proven veteran. Or will we just wait until the draft it seems as if we are not making very many moves this year. With that said why are we not filling our need at the safety position or even a rush LB to fit the 3-4 defense to generate some type of pass rush. I understand we have a lot of draft picks this year but we really are missing out on some guys who could help our team. It seems very obvious that we could sign some quality guys at least for depth purposes. I will continue to stick with the 49ers because I am a life long fan since I started watching football, but I’m really looking forward to having something to cheer about unlike these tough past couple of years and i’m from South Carolina. Go 49ers!!!!

  136. By Roderick Henderson on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


  137. By Adam Mysorewala on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I think giving up a first round pick for one of the tendered free agents isnt a bad idea. Jared Gaither and Brandon Marshall both have 1st round tenders and either, i think, would be great signings (Gaither in particular). Gaither is already proven to be a better tackle than anyone except Okung in the draft and is only 23! I’d give up 17 no problem to pick him up. Then with whatever pick you have left, please DO NOT pick up CJ spiller. His value at pick 17 is far to low. You could easily pick up Dexter McCluster (who i think is a better NFL back) in the 3rd round. With the pick left pick up Earl Thomas. He can play corner and free safety and some experts have him rated higher than Eric Berry. He is the best pass coverage safety in the draft, and him coupled with Dashaun, Spencer, and Brown would make our secondary the best in the NFC west. I think that Thomas and the tender pick up of Gaither would be a fantastic first round. Later in the draft i would look out for Taylor Price, John Jerry, Devin McGourty (though he will likely be gone), Patrick Robinson, Marcus Easley, and Marty Gilyard. And if you have the chance follow in the steps of the great Bill Walsh, and trade down! This draft is extremely deep and with more picks the probability of finding i gem goes up.
    Adam Mysorewala

  138. By John on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Mr McCloughans,
    Reading these post must be difficult for you. None of these people can spell and they have no clue what there talking about!
    Let me start by telling you I have been a 49er fan 40 years. I have seen it all. There are no perfect scenarios for drafting talent. I know you and Coach Mike are talking it up now as I type!
    I would say with the two picks take a safety and a lineman. But we never know what will change with other teams due to free agency and there NEW needs.
    I hope and pray for the 49ers Nation. Take care…..

  139. By NUT UP 49ERS on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    scott u big dummy we the fans thought u were smart this thing with carr is so stupid i dont understand management .u have 3 good qb ; i hope patrick leaves and alot of the team go with him. people gets tired of losing.just tell that jed york he suck 2 49ers will never b the same as long as u dum dums r runing the show .go ahead sign players u dont need throw money away carr is a loser so r u u dont no it all . why dont u sign a good o-lineman ..carr that is a handicap move .why cant we get what we need damit. carr what kinda stupid name is that. patrick is rite carr is a loser; maybe he fit rite n this team has been a loser 4 years im mad im sick of losing SCOTTIE

  140. By Ravi on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Life long 49er fan and I was just wondering what was going on with the new stadium and if you had any idea when its going to get started. Also once it is complete I think you should name it the Bill Walsh stadium but thats just me. Thank you for your time and looking forward to a great draft and even greater season. Lets go playoffs.

  141. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    After my post a day or so ago, I see that the fans have mixed emotions. Some people like the Carr move and some don’t. Myself gave it a thumbs down. My idea is to bring someone in that will challenge Alex and help him elevate his game. For all of the you could have re-uped Shaun Hill. If you think about it, when Alex went down Shaun came in. When JT stunk, Shaun was there. When Coach Sing said Alex was improving and getting better everyday, Shaun was still named the starter. Then when Shaun went down, Alex came in and arguably had a career yr. Maybe not on paper, but in the way he played. He played with confidence, he played with a swagger, a attitude. That the starting spot was his and nothing or no one was going to take it. Carr isn’t someone Alex has to be intimidated by or can learn from. People are echoing Jake Delhomme, and yes he is old, and as a backup he may not be able to come in if needed and win you three or four games. But the value he possess as a mentor to continue to mold Alex is unprecedented. We dont know it all as fans, but some things are just common sense. They seem more rational when you sit down and take some time to think it over.

  142. By Luis Rios on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Scott,
    I can’t believe you signed Carr. Our QB situation was never great but Alex finally has some stability, Nate is a work in progress and Shaun is a reliable back up. Carr just made our QB situation look like the Browns. Why not go after a tackle in free agency to protect our QB? How about a free agent pass rusher to compliment Justin Smith? Why can’t we get impact player? Since you took over, we only have a handful of players that were drafted we can call impact players. Get Alex another target and some protection. I miss the days when this organization got legitimate free agents and built around them through the draft. Get us back to the glory days! If I wanted back to back losing seasons I’d become a Raiders fan. 8-8 is the best we’ve done since Steve M. was the coach. That was 8 freakin’ years ago and we still can’t get it right. Please get us on a winning streak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  143. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Also hearing what some of the fans said, and taking into account my own opinions i have a revision of my previous post. I know people want CJ Spiller and he is an extraordinary talent. But lets do something thats off the board. Lets shock everyone. You’ve gotten practice with the Carr move. But lets use both of our first round picks for PROVEN, PRO BOWL players.

    Trade 13th pick for Brandon Marshall (RFA)

    Trade 17th pick for Jared Gaither (RFA)

    That will give us a Premier Tackle that we can Put at RT or LT and a Premier WR who had 3 straight 100 catch seasons. We need help on Defense but not as much as offense. Our defense has been in the top 10 or 15 in the league the past few yrs, but we loose games because or offense goes 3 and out and cannot convert on 3rd down. Our defense can only do so much. Fatigue does set in when your shouldering the load for 16 games, week after week. Coffee is a quality back behind Gore, and we can get Safety or Corner help in the second round. But we need to think about developing our own guys. Shawntee Spencer, Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor. We dont just draft to fill roster spots. Lets develop some of these guys, and build our team. But go off the board with those picks, and we immediately go from making the playoffs to title contender.

  144. By Jip9er on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Genius ! Great pick up David Carr?… Well Mr. Carr just received another big fat pay check he did not earn ! We need a FRANCHISE Quarterback not another lifetime backup !
    I am tired of your antics Scot !

  145. By Jip9er on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Also anyone that would like to sign Justin Fargas over Thomas Jones is crazy!

  146. By Erick Martin on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    49ers need to pick good CB and SS BEC LAST SEASION, CB PLAYER IS REALLY lousy and weak. SHOULD PICKS Eric BERRY. his player look like Ed Reed. better pick Eric Berry

  147. By JohnS on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Marcus regarding your first post I think I am the only fan who likes the “Carr move”.

    I’d also like to appologize for “NUT UP 49ERS” on behalf of real niner fans. I hope he is not a real 49er fan. If you are a man I feel sorry for your wife if all you do is complain without giving ANY valid reason for the complaint. “I don’t like this move blah blah wah!!!” Geez son, tell us why! You took the time to make a post and complain at least substantiate your whinning. Although, please make it unique and TRUE it would be a refreshing change!!!

  148. By JohnS on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Oh and the best way to solidify a defense is with a good offense! That starts in the trenches with a good O line. Mr. McCloughan knows that and will draft accordingly… watch and learn!

  149. By Jose on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree with JohnS. At first, I did not like Carr’s signing, but after thinking about it for a couple of days, I agree with the move. We need a solid guy behind Alex, just in case he goes down, we got a capable body to step up right away. I really would like to see Scott getting a vet OT or G acquired in FA and then go after Williams or the best lineman available in the 1st round. That’s where we need improvement ASAP. We could hire Tom Brady or P. Manning for what I care, but behind our current O-Line, I don’t see them putting any better numbers than what Alex did last season. I also think that our coaching staff is learning what Alex and the entire offence can do, and hopefuly they will adjust their play calling to be more agressive.
    Guys, we are not so far from having a great team. Yes, we finished 8-8, but in three games, we beat ourselves. We could have ended 11-5 and made the playoffs; but things happen for a reason and maybe this time the team will be better prepared and more mature to handle tough game situations. That goes for the coaching staff and players.
    I believe 2010 will be a breakthrough season. Go Niners!

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  152. By Adam Mysorewala on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    haha. John complains about people spelling.

  153. By Robert on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey scott i know as far as free agency goes your not too interested in it but i believe replacing shaun hill with someone like jake delomme would be a good move, and since ladanian tomlinsons available i think him as a backup rb would be a good thing since him and frank gore are good buddys it could work pretty well. I relize Alex smith is gonna be the starter and i think hes developing pretty well from what ive seen this year and i really think he could be the guy in addition i believe in the first round you should go after a couple of good offensive lineman to help out on that o line giving alex more time could quiet possibly give the 49ers a good boost on offensive. and of course a good d back wouldnt hurt either just some advice from a very long time 49er fan i believe next year will be an excellent season and i know youll make good choices no matter what they are but i do believe a free agent or two wouldnt hurt thanks…

  154. By JohnS on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    Thank you, thank you; not for agreeing with me (ok maybe a little for agreeing with me), but for making a case and providing supporting evidence. Also, for mentioning that we shot ourselves in the foot last year (eg. Gore running in for a TD and fumbling). I have said it before and I will say it again:

    The difference between a good team and a great team is execution!

    Right now the 49ers are a good team we just need to EXECUTE!

  155. By nut up 49ers on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    first of all john s if u read the message u see why hill is better than carr u big dummy better the whole nine yards . did u see any of the games fool its not the qb why the team is losing;far as the wife thing it takes a punk 2 no a punk so dont go there we all have our thoughts i dont need no slack jaw fagget opologizing 4 me . as far as WHY goes what has he done lately look at the facts hills stats r better with less int’s thats why fool have u looked at this years schedule; it don’t look like a cake walk 2 me ive herd all this bull year after year 49ers this 49ers that 49ers playoff bound at the end of the season 49ers can’t b found thats another reason why. no playoffs scence when ha ha ha 2002 perhaps.forgive me but i don’t get happy from losing i get mad dog mad u blo-fly

  156. By Ivan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    There was so many valuable options this year in the free agent market..Why dont you guys Pick up great quality players like Peppers since we need a more proficient pass rusher or a brandon marshal which is a dynamic player…Come on let bring the old days to the new decade for crying out loud..Ive been a Niner Fan since i was 5 years old..I really hate the decisions being made…let go big or go home..

  157. By JohnS on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey nut up 49ers,

    First of all watch your mouth or I’ll shut it. I can already tell your choosen ignorance just by what you say and your language. I don’t need to get personal to prove a point. The “WIFE” thing referred to your arguement being unfounded. As far as your, “read the whole thing blah blah blah ” you say NOTHING about WHY hill is better. All you can ever prove is Hill has MORE stats not BETTER stats… you know why… cause they are NOT better. I put the IMPORTANT words in CAPS to help you follow!

    Man, and “it’s not the QB” have YOU seen any games. 12 picks in less than half a season for Smith and you don’t think it contributes to a loss, what football do you watch… seriously… are you serious??? Hill has “less int’s”…….. Can you have negetive interceptions???? Last year Carr had ZERO picks ZERO, ZERO, ZERO!!! Understood!!!!!!!!!

    Carr has played against the Colts, Jags (when they were good), and beat a Drew Brees, Reggie Bush Saints Team in 07 when he STARTED. So, you are right with one aspect of your blog it will be a tough season and Carr has played against tough oppenents and knows how to compete on a high level.

    If Smith is so good why was he benched??? If Hill was good why can’t he run and why did he get benched????

    Carr is more intellectual than Hill and a better athlete than Smith period.

    And NUT UP your the only person who has used foul language on this blog that I have seen, that is sad!

  158. By Nathan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hi scott

    I know everyone is saying that you need to draft Eric Berry or Joe Hadden, truth is it is very unlikely that they will be around by the time we pick. Either of them would be a no brainer if they were to fall to us. I think with our first pick we should take the best OL available. With our secondary we should try to sure up our secondary with a guy like Mays or Earl Thomas. I think you and sing are doin a great job and have been doing a great job. That is why we have two 1st round picks and are only a couple of pieces away from being a great team. Im sorry that you have to read comments from idiots who call themselves 49er fans and have not said 1 positive thing about the team.

  159. By Nathan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    If you can elaborate on what the teams thoughts on Anthony Dixon are? I know he didnt have a great combine but I still think he would be a great short yardage back and he is unbelievable at closing at games. In what round would Dixons value be high enough for us to take him?

  160. By Melly Mel on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Every yar its da same ol thing… Which id da niners never making moves during free agency we need help in the secondary real real bad it would be nice if we can get someone n da secondary and a dline pass rusher to complament willis n storelying on the draft picks cuz we seem to never get lucky wit a young player wit nfl talent……… We need to make a move n free ageny PLEASE

  161. By Rick on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    When will this team finally turn the corner?

  162. By Dion on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    JohnS you got your wish. David Carr did sign with the 49ers. I still think that he will not make the 49ers better but I am a 49ers fan so I will hope for the best. O I almost forgot in those six games that he played for the Giants he only has one TD pass.

  163. By JohnS on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    I won’t lie I did get my wish. I appreciate your honesty in saying hes not your choice, but I appreciate you hoping for the best. I have been a niner fan for over 25 years and I just want wins like we all do and something to get excited about during football season, it sounds like you do to. Yes he did only have one TD and I will agree that his stats are limited and are hard to compare to an active starter.

    And even Nut Up 49ers if he isn’t just being difficult, I’m sure just wants what is best for the team and whether you want Carr or someone else a true fan get’s behind his team regardless of who is on it. Like I have done for the past five or so years.

    Ultimately we now have competition at QB which can only strengthen the position. I played football into college and know that when there is someone knocking at the door to play you do whatever it takes to step up your game and I’m sure coach Singletary will expect nothing less.

    I know you guys are sick of me saying it, but one last time…

    What makes a good team great is execution!

    Our division is wide open this year let’s execute win our division. Go 9ers!!!!!!!

  164. By MacNiner on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Scot,

    Why in the world wouldn’t you have made a hard play for Antonio Cromartie? The Jets got him for a 3rd that can maybe turn into a 2nd. That’s cheap for a shutdown corner, which in the NFL is worth his wieght in gold. You bring this guy in and all of a sudden guys like Haralson and Lawson are having great years. You bring this guy in and he makes guys around him and the entier “D” better. Instead we concentrate on Carr and bring him in, how does that make us better? It’s really kind of a wash. I don’t see the logic please explain.

  165. By Tad Babcock on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I think the niners did a good thing by signing Carr!! He may not be the best but I tell you what he is BETTER than Smith!!! I know they will have him compete for the starting job with Smith & Hill & maybe even Davis but there wont be much competition with against Smith, I’m sorry but Smith sucks!!!

  166. By nut up 49ers on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    hey john im not trying 2 make enemies no no no just want satisfaction .i think this year maybe just maybe better but if u look at it u came at me i was talking 2 scottie not u so sometimes the world is better if we mind our own .we send messages 2 scottie not eachother u seem 2 b a serious fan but so am i so lets cut the crap man i only want 2 see the day the 49ers see the light again we all go a littlr mad sometimes but someone has 2 b the bigger man not saying its me i dont want this 2 go any further as farr as an argument so can we call it trues 49ers signed carr i slept on it and said … the browns released MR ANDERSON good things come 2 those who wait …wanna say i take back every thing i said about u ok peace im out… GO 49ERS

  167. By Erik on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Scot,

    I understand that we aren’t going to be major players in free agency, but why sign David Carr instead of possibly pursuing a proven veteran to mentor Alex or a player that is better than him? Sure, maybe Carr has potential, but how can you justify signing him when Jeff Garcia is available, a proven NFL QB who has had success as a 49er? Additionally, with a proven winner in Shaun Hill, who may not be flashy but gets the job done, and an up and comer in Nate Davis, isn’t there more pressing issues than at QB? Thanks and good luck with the draft!

  168. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    John S.

    Please help me understand why you agree with the Carr move so strongly. He hasnt PROVEN ANYTHING in this league. I hear he has a strong arm, ok so does 80% of the quarterbacks in the league. Some argue that he didnt have an O-line in Houston. Not to bash our players but we werent the best line for Alex last season, mainly due to injuries, but Alex still flashed some brilliance. Here are some more facts about Carr.

    He’s 30 and we’re paying him 2 or 3 million a yr………..????

    He has more interceptions then touchdowns in his career

    In 2002, 2005, and 2006 he had more fumbles then touchdowns

    He’s only played in 15 games over the past three seasons

    He has to learn a new offense so he’s behind the curve

    And the most important stat for me is, in 2007, when he started four games for an injured Jake Delhomme, he went 1-3 with 3 tds, 5 ints, and 13 sacks.

    Apparently, this is why we got him. As insurance, so that if Alex Smith (God Forbid) gets injured, he comes in and goes 1-3 with 3tds 5ints and 13 sacks in four games. And this is your argument for our new back up???????

  169. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    John S………Continued

    If you’ve heard Coach Sing before he says he doesnt believe in first string, second string, or depth cart. He wants 52 players. He said before there is the starter and then the next guy in line. He expects the backup or “second string” player to come in prepared and do the same thing that the “starter” would or is doing.

    Coach Sing made it clear 2yrs ago when he said he wants winners. Now he was talking about an attitude. But with all the good that you speak of about Carr, if he had a winners attitude combined with the upside you speak so highly of, wouldnt he be a starter somewhere and we wouldnt even be having this conversation……..


    Thats why I question Scot. He have Shaun Hill who’s ok and can win with this team. Takeo Spikes spoke very highly of Nate Davis on Total Access. We were fine and if we did need a QB why rush it. I would have rather him be patient and Derek Anderson would have fell into his lap. Better all-around QB then Carr. Stronger arm, more accurate, and two yrs ago when Carr was getting scrapped behind Delhomme, Anderson was a Pro-Bowl QB. And he did it on a team that wasnt good. And because the browns are horrible is the only reason he’s declined. Better QB then Carr by far and he’s only 26, not 30…..

  170. By JohnS on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    First of all, Nut Up 49ers I knew you were a fan and your last post showed intelligence and you were humble, I admire that!!! After hearing Takeo talk about P. Willis’ comments I understand where you might be coming from and ultimately I know us fans just want the 49ers to win and I can appreciate that!

    Now Marcus,

    Your right!!! He has not proven anything! This is why I am excited to have him here.

    Carr has money, but now is motivated by proving something and leaving a legacy in the NFL. He is thirty, since Favre is 40 that would mean Carr has ten years left which would make him in his prime. Sounds funny but it is true!

    As a side note most successful MMA fighters are around 30 yrs. old

    To be accurate regarding the context around the 2007 season, Jake Delhomme who everyone thinks we should have taken did not do much better with the same team Carr struggled with which is painfully the same senario that was played out in Texas.

    Like I said I have played QB of course not in the NFL, but playing QB and not having protection would be like trying to shoot a basketball being outnumbered five to one. I will be accurate though and say not every thing bad was everyone elses fault, Carr has made bad decisions, but so have all QB’s (For ex: Payton with his SuperBowl INT).

    And your also right about our O-line not being up to par. What better QB to have than someone who has faced that hurdle for five years with the Texans and can draw on that experience.

    BTW Carr has a STRONGER arm than 80% of the QB’s in the league. I was at a practice where Carr was throwing a slant route to warm up recievers and I kept hearing this crashing sound over and over. It was the football hitting the recievers in the chest because he was throwing the ball too hard for them to catch. Coach was mad and threw his clipboard down… it was funny and unique to see!

    Lastly, to sum up my “arguement” Carr right now has more talent, strength, and speed than anyone we have at the QB position. That is my arguement in a nutshell. And last time he had a complete team that knew how to execute was Fresno State and he did well there.

    Remember past failures are not an indicator of future success!

    If they were than Lincoln would have never been president!

  171. By JohnS on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Here we go again,

    How can you asssess attitude? You saying he doesn’t want to win???? Really? That’s your epiphony? The Derek Anderson thing is dull at best. He is not a better QB and he didn’t win with the Brown’s, so by your standard and what you ASSUME coach Singletary’s standard is he shouldn’t play for us either… right???

    Coach Singletary does want winners which is why he chose Carr, now if you doubt that Carr is a winner the person who you are really doubting is the leader that we have in Coach Singeltary. Is that your assertion?

    Bottom line is I can agree to disagree, and I just don’t agree with you. Even if Carr does horribly I know his desire is to win and that’s all I need to know.

  172. By Edward Wright on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    First off for the above comments.Carr is a WASTE OF THE 49ERS TIME! That’s why Patrick Willis was upset.I don’t care if he has a strong arm what does that mean.The question is what has he done in this league ever.NOTHING.WHAT we need to do with our 1st round picks is grab Brandon Marshall add to our WR’s that way Alex Smith has some targets all over.Plus to avoid Seattle getting him.We don’t wanna deal with another Fitzgarld and Bolden again,but Marshall and TJ.With our other first rounder,go OT to go on the other side of Staley to give Smith the Protection he needs.THen go DB,RB……….On the other hand we could go OT and DB first round and bring back T.O we need another WR or draft DEz Bryant.Something got to happen.Im tried of losing.I should be GM.

  173. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    John S.

    Use you thinking portal….you assess attitude by someones desire to get better. Vernon Davis changed his attitude from when Coach Sing sent him to the locker room. Everyday VD strives to get better and this past season he was a captain, and he was a pro bowler.

    Even Alex Smith. He never once complained about protection last season, he always looked at what he can to to compensate for the lack of protection. Making quicker reads, getting rid of the ball faster. Studying film during the week to be prepared for the defense. David Carr has done nothing to the magnitude of Smith or Davis to prove that he is a winner.

    Come on dude, everyone wants to win. My little sister wants to beat me in a thumb wars contest. Everyone wants to win, who in their right mind do you know that plays in the NFL and says I want to Lose. NO ONE, so your argument that he wants to win has no validity. He hasnt made improvemenst in his own game to become a better QB. What does he do now better than he did when he was a rookie. NOTHING

    And your absolutely FOOLISH to compare him the Brett Favre. Brett is an EXCEPTION. If Brett was 65 he’d be a better QB then Carr will ever be. If Carr does play til he’s 40 it will be in the same role. Sitting on Someones bench, taking up space and Cap Room.

  174. By ramos on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Man, everytime we play joey porter he kills our line.I remember the last play of the game in miami joey got to the QB. So now he’s meeting up with the CARD!!! Do I see last season all over again with the cards winning the division. Come on!!! make a offer ,he would be a perfect fit. Brooks, Porter, Willis, & Spicks . NOW our D fence is #1 and there goes ticket sells

  175. By nut up 49ers on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    well john s the way i see it is this anderson can b a good qb car on the other hand has had numerous times 2 prove himself far beyound his rookie or 1st or second or third years ; he proved he is not worth being the starter . i say who ever starts this year has no excuse because i know scot will adress o-line the only other thing i am in question about is… ray’s play calling the old 49ers used more screen plays 2 the backs ive seen very little of that he runs the ball the same ways far 2 much why dont he mix things up more like nolan did more trick plays this year u kno the 49ers will have a ton of tallent we have 2 have more consistant play calling use the back field more than ever that would give the w-outs some slack to get open more or; how about the boot leg 49ers use 2 run n the red zone man just change it up ive seen alex and hill score td’s off that boot leg. so many plays are not being used . i love sing he’s tough but some plays they have 2 go back 2 not just using the same plays on 3rd and goal but the boot leg the screen to gore its hardly used. why not let gore throw the pass as the colts did with the back 2 beat us sometimes i well alot of times i said; what is ray thinking. John when i said the qb is not the problem i ment lasy year i know hill was pulled but play calling was a factor 2. i only hope the 49ers use all the plays of old i mean changin it up ray runs the same plays in the red zone GOD help rays play calling good nite john s

  176. By jerry on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    i hope you can turn this all around sounds like a lot of mad niner fans but we are tired of losing there still are some key players out there still go get them be aggressive good luck

  177. By Marcus Moseley on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    nut up 49ers,

    You couldnt be more right. Play Calling and 3rd down conversions were our achilles heel. 3rd down is so crucial in this league, and with mediocre play calling I can see why we didnt convert. I know Jimmy Raye fits what coach sing wants to do, but to me he shows no passion or enthusiasm as a coach. Greg Manusky is a fiery leader like Coach Sing and gets the defense amped. But Jimmy looks and feels dry. Our offense was good and Alex had a good yr with Norv Turner at offensive coordinator. Who was an offensive genius, and Jimmy doesnt have the wits about him to have a offensive playbook that defenses dont have to guess at. Most of the plays last yr were plays that we just beat the defense. Dont get me wrong thats very good, if you can beat the defense, but I also think that you need to confuse them as well, it wouls open up so much more. Get Creative with your play calling Jimmy. I know your old, but play Madden if you have too.

  178. By vic on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    hey scott i know there is alot of talk about taking a rb in fist round is that somthing you have considered? why not drft by needs such as a tackle and a safety or corner those are the areas that need to be addressed if the team plans on making a run for the nfc west crown

  179. By JohnS on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Marcus, You may be surprised but everyone in the nfl does NOT want to win. And what has Smith done to prove he is a winner… nothing, he has done nothing. VD had to hit bottom and CHANGE his sttitude Carr has always been a player of character, and I know drama get’s publicised, so that’s why we heard all about VD and his turn around.

    As far as accomplishments, Carr was a starter on a new expansion team in a city where football is up there with religion. Many QB’s would have thrown in the towel, but he stuck with it four five years and your arguement is that he didn’t accomplish anything man take off your prejudice glasses.

    As far as the “making quiker reads, studying films’s” thing goes, you just the described the job description of every QB in the league… Haha… makes me laugh that you are pointing to a job description in the context of the “magnitude of what Smith has done” that is funny!!! Carr Started for 5 years that alone is more than Smith has done… period end of discussion. By the way I did not compare Carr to Favre I used his age as a referrence point for comparison. Remember read, think, then respond… if that fails use your complete sentences for dummies portal!

    Marucs, at least we can both agree with NUT UP. Nut Up I could not agree with you more. I have been telling everyone that play calling needs to change in exactly the way you describe regarding the “plays of old”. I have fond memories of watching those plays as a child. Jerry rice would run the drag route or the 2 yard in route and it would work every time no one could stop us… it was a beautiful thing. Taylor would run that skinny post route and craig would be open as an outlet any where on the field. When would get a lead or get anger we would hand the ball off to Rathman and he would just hurt people… I want those days back again!!!

    49er faithful forever!!!

  180. By bob samson on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    alex smith sux! shawn hill played well and won us games and u benched him.. what were u thinkin

  181. By Jose on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to know if Scott is reading all our posts and if he’d write something here to calm our concerns.
    I think, one way or another, agressive or passive, we all want the Niners to come back to the golden (’80s) years. We all want the Niners to not just be relevant, but DOMINANT. This note goes to Scott to please send us your “State of the Union” address, explain why the front office has been so passive in Free Agency and what are your plans to improve the team. I think this blog and all the Niners Nation wants to hear from YOU.
    Thank you!

  182. By Biz on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    I love how Scot and these other GMs act like football drafts and FA is rocket science. You only have to take a couple business classes to understand the time value of money and you could be a GM. Let’s put in prespective. The 9ers have a about a 2 year window before Frank Gore blows a knee or the onther teams in our division (aka Seattle reloads). The FA class this year is average and our best bet is to try to pick up players that have been released.

    After looking back on last year I have thre major concerns:

    1) Jimmy Raye seemed to be the reason why we could not move the ball…not the QB’s. Heck, Martz was able to move the ball with JT O’Sullivan.
    I hope Alex smith does wel this year. Let’s hope this changes next year.
    2) I love Singletray; but I am not sure why the 9ers front office did not look to bring in Shanahan or another big name when Mike Nolan left. Also they should have removed Scot from his GM post after he drafted Balmer. Please keep in mind Nolan ran the drafts until 2008…Scot’s first draft at the reins and he picked BALMER…are you kidding me. When we needed a reciever and there were no receivers off the board at that point.
    3) Why did we cut Allen Rossum in middle of last season…everyone says our kick return game sucked…well, of course…you get rid of a premier kick returner for no reason and put Arnez Battle back there….as Michael Irvin would say “COME ON MAN!!”.

  183. By Dion on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Can you please sige Joey Porter to a 4 year contract. He is a real good pass rusher.

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