Hardcore, you made some very valid points about Barlow. But you failed to consider the negatives surrounding him. As good as he has been, I doubt that he can carry the complete load of a feature back in San Fran. He will take a pounding over the course of the season without while facing defenders stacking the box without another RB to shoulder the load. He has yet to prove himself over a complete season, and to force him to carry the team on shoulders without having true feature back experience is not a good idea.
Then of course, there is the matter of San Fran sucking. You can't deny that the offense was picked clean, leaving nothing but the scrap remants such as Rattay. As lousy as you say he is, Garcia will be missed, and he is miles above Rattay.
Do you really think Shanahan still believes that Barlow was the best back to come out of that draft?
And as far as the Rams go, you had a few points. There are valid concerns, and Martz definitely is a dumbass. But before the line was hurt by injuries, they were one of the best in the league. And Faulk is still a great RB when healthy. If/when he gets injured Jackson will be able to step into the starting role and perform well.
By the way, I am going to save this thread.