Over the weekend former 49ers QB Jeff Garcia was released by the Buccaneers. With any QB released that has at least a full year of starting experience, the 49ers will always be rumored to be in the mix. Former Falcon superstar and dog trainer Michael Vick will be released from jail in the coming months and it has been reported the 49ers are interested in the possibility of bringing Vick to the 49ers. I think neither is a good choice and here is why. Garcia was great as a Niner and kept his career going with the Eagles and Buccaneers. But the man is old as mold and has one or two more years probably left in his career. The 49ers need stability at quarterback and a one/two year guy is not the answer.
Vick would be a bad acquisition because of what the 49ers would have to give up in order to acquire him in a trade. Remember Vick is still a Falcon and no matter how good of a QB Matt Ryan has become the Falcons will try to get the maximum for Vick which would be multiple draft picks the 49ers badly need to upgrade various positions. The Falcons can offer Vick to the highest bidder as the 49ers are not the only team in need of a QB. The Falcons could just hold onto Vick and have him serve as a backup to Ryan just to spite Vick. As much as I want a good QB under center for the Niners acquiring Vick is a bad idea. The draft picks the 49ers give up could be used to bolster the defense and offense to give enough talent for incumbent starter Shaun Hill to be successful. If you are going to waste draft picks on a QB a better, just as horrible, option is to draft a QB in the first or second round. And who knows what type of player Vick will be after being out of the NFL for at least two years. I am glad this is a long-shot.
Singletary Comments on Jimmy Raye:
Singletary answered questions at a season-ticket holder event yesterday. One of the questions was about the hiring of Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator.
“Just watch. If you look on paper, I wouldn’t get excited about Jimmy Raye over Mike Martz, either, because of what Mike Martz has done. … But just watch … I challenge you to step back and see what happens right for the 49ers now.”
Good point, we cannot judge Raye by comparing him to Martz. But remember Singletary the downfall of your friend and predecessor was hiring bad coaches, among other things. The 49er Faithful will reserve judgment, for now. Everything is on your shoulders though. Raye must improve the offense more than Martz did last year which will be hard. The right free-agent signings and draft picks will help but ultimately anything short of offensive progression over last year will not be tolerate. Let’s hope Raye is Norv Turner and not Jim Hostler.