2 things. 1 is that it sounds like you are saying we had a strong team last year. I would say we had a strong D or more acurately a strong front 7 and that we over achieved like crazy. I absolutely don't think that we were just missing the prverbial piece of the puzzle to win the SB. Do not get me wrong, I loved last season but I was not expecting a repeat. We had fundamental flaws at offensive line, defensive backs and WR. We are begining to address those areas. Keeping Smith and commiting future dollars to laFell, Hixon, Ginn etc was not going to make us better and would hurt us in the future. Start over the way we have is the best course. I think the fat man was right that none of the OTs available when we were picking in any round were that much better than what we already have. I expect next year is when we really try and address that area.
2 is that after our playoff loss to Ariz didn't we bring back 20 out of 22 starters? Hazy recollection so don't hate if that is inaccurate. How did that work out? Not so good. Sometimes you need to blow things up.
Sorry for the ramble. Too much coffee already.
Point 1: Our OL was bad last year, which is really the point. Last year, before Gross retired, we were bad. There were no OTs in FA or the Draft that would improve either or both of our OT positions (not to mention improving our DBs & WR positions)? I hope that is true, that Bell/Chandler were both the best available, but last year was not the 1st that Bell played horrible; I have more faith in Chandler d/t his athleticism. You strengthen my concern that Gettleman is basically letting things fall this year with plans to solidify the team next year. For a team that has 1 of the best Defenses in the NFL, I think it is the wrong strategy (speaking offense only).
Point 2: That season we were 8-8 & the main reason was Jake Delhomme had 1 of the worst meltdowns as a QB or made bets against the team in Vegas (he should have made a lot if he did); I think that was the year Stewart & Williams both ran for 1000+ yards each. Also, we had really bad injuries. WR Smith; LT Gross; RT Otah; OLB Davis; DT Kemoeatu; DT Louis Leanord; DT Tank Tyler & Delhomme all were on IR that year. I think that can have an affect on a team in addition to Delhomme's horrible QB play.
Just not sure how anyone is okay with "starting over" on 3 important areas of the offense (OTs, WRs, DBs). I think Hurney really screwed the team's salary cap & that is the main reason we are not seeing more aggressiveness (key signings) out of Gettleman.