For a majority of the teams and players in the NFL, the lockout is serious complication. Fans curse and condemn the politics that threaten to encroach on the ‘11 – ’12 football season. However fans of the 49ers should actually take comfort in this moment. Jim Harbaugh has been given a chance to be introduced into the wonderful world of the NFL head coach traveling at 25mph in a league that normally travels at 95mph. I’m not saying there is not any pressure on the new head coach or his staff. What I am saying in fact is that the lockout has removed a whole layer of different complications. The inability to trade or pick up free agents, removes any rash or regrettable moves. We will put the draft high twelve picks to use. Those demanding a replacement for Alex Smith, Nate Clements, add that quarterback killing outside linebacker, or vital extra offensive lineman will most likely have their wishes fulfilled in one way or another.
Also the lockout has given Jim Harbaugh and his staff time to do their homework on the draft, but more importantly Jim and his staff have a chance to evaluate the talent on the team. The 49ers have spoken volumes with their two finable offenses; a quick meeting with Vernon Davis, and the throw around with Alex Smith. If we have learned anything from the 2005 first round draft pick experiment, is that to not have history repeat itself, we draft a quarterback, and have him sit a season or two.
When the ’11 – ’12 season starts I do not foresee some amazing season for the 49ers. However what I do see is an average season, but one with a noticeably different philosophy; The removal of the predictable play calling, and an installation of an aggressive passing attack game, with a steady stream of blitzing. This will test the true metal of our offense and defense. Then next off season look for an aggressive trade or free agent move.
So in closing the NFL lockout is a good thing for the 49ers, and in the ’12 – ’13 season look for the 49ers to dominate the NFC West and make a deep playoff run.