I don't want to draft a QB at all. I think our offensive line won't give whatever QB we have right now enough time or confidence to perform any better than what we already have. Further, right now there is no indication that Rattay can't be our long term solution. He has been injured all year. Whether or not he is injury prone we can decide perhaps next year, or the year after. Behind the swiss cheese Oline he made some mistakes, and perhaps made them often. But...
Source -- someone from the Niners Hardcore Forum
Not one of the 325 passes Rattay tossed this season in his first year as the full-time starter, in fact, was thrown with a healthy arm. Rattay completed 198 of those passes (60.9 percent) for 2,169 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His passer rating of 78.1 ranks 10th in the NFC.
I saw we give him atleast next year, if not two more years to see if he can lead this team. I mean, Baltimore has given Boller time, so why can't we give Rattay some time. We build a supporting cast, then if it doesn't work, then we pickup a QB. However, there is one thing that for the life of me I can subdue the hype for. Though I know Brees has really only had one good year, the year before his FA, I would be intrigued to bring him in. I don't know why I like that idea, because he would still be playing behind our patchwork line, but the idea just won't go away
. Atleast it would be better than taking a QB in the draft. Hes got some experience and at 26 hes still got a lot of years ahead of him.
Though I haven't done any research myself on the situation, I read again at the hard core niner forum that our cap situation won't be like it was previously mentioned. Ill give another quote from there...
Posted by Soda
for all you "York is cheap" people out there:
I honestly think that there's a good possibility that John York intentionally floated the "fact" that the niners would be in cap hell for the 2005 season in order to keep expectations from the fan base low. This way, if things don't go well next year, some fans will say "well, we weren't supposed to be good again until 2006 anyway" and will keep buying those tickets and those paraphenelia. Let me level with the fans right now:
FACT - as of this instant in time, there is ONE and only ONE committed dead money cap charge on the cap which starts in march, 2005. That hit is the remainder of the dead money owed Zack Bronson, who was cut after June 1st, 2004. That's it. Starting in march of 2005, Jeff Garcia, Junior Bryant, Terrell Owens, and any one else you might have heard that isn't a) on this roster right now and whose going to get cut or b) whose name is zack bronson isn't a dead money cap hit. That's just it.
So, the idea that the niners will be "in cap hell" this offseason simply DOESN'T conform to the reality of what the NFL's collective bargaining agreement dictates the cap rules are. The niners should have GOBS of cap space this offseason, even AFTER the tag for JP is factored into the equation. That's because they had only a bit over a 60 million dollar payroll this year FACTORING in JP's one year franchise tender deal, so even if that deal increases slightly this coming offseason, and the niners tag him again, they should still have about 15 million dollars of free cap space. The idea that the niners will still be hampered tremendously by the cap is an outright lie. Factor in the new TV deals that will kick in within the next two seasons, and there are absolutely no troubles between this team and the cap, for the foreseeable future. If John York simply doesn't want to spend the money, he'll have to find another culprit, the salary cap won't be there to kick around anymore........
So it seems that we DO have the money to make whatever selection we would like. If we did take a QB #1 overall, we could afford him. Though we probably couldn't do much else if we did. Our luck the niners org would want Lienhart, and he comes out for the draft...represented by the Postons.