Friday, May 05, 2006

It's Dilfer Time!

Only One of These Quarterbacks Has a Super Bowl Ring

You know your team is in a sad state of affairs when you get excited about their acquisition of Trent Dilfer. Well screw it. I love this move, and I'm going to get excited about it.

For one, they gave up very little for him (QB Ken Dorsey and a 7th Round Pick). Dorsey is a below average backup, and I'm sure the Niners will get along fine without the 200th pick in the 2007 draft. Dilfer is a huge improvement at the backup position. There's also the possibility that they'll let him start, and sit Alex Smith on the bench - which is what should have happened last year. In any case, the Niners have given themselves more options at the QB position.

If the Niners are going to build the offense around Alex Smith and Vernon Davis, which they seem intent on doing, then this is precisely the kind of move they need to make. They need to make sure that neither of their young building blocks has to carry too much of the offensive load early on. With the presence of tight end Eric Johnson, and now Dilfer, Smith and Davis can be brought along at a more reasonable pace. Throw in free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant (who Dilfer knows well from Cleveland), and the Niners might be slowly making progress towards having a respectable offense.

They also added safety Chad Williams, which I am not as excited about. He was a backup in Baltimore, so Mike Nolan will know him well. And if nothing else, we have insurance for when Tony Parrish inevitably gets hurt. Awesome.


At 4:00 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Great burn on Manning. Zing!


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