Thanks for the feedback.
As far as Lienhart goes, I'm not personally sold on him. If he gets picked # 1, I'm sure his agent will want a contract similar to that of Eli Mannings last year, which in effect would handcuff the 9ers to the guy for the next several years. Maybe he's worth the gamble, but as I said I'm not sure.
Like Brian, I feel Ratay can be productive, but not elite. I'd be fine with sticking with him until a guy comes out that they really feel good about rolling the dice on. Ideally I'd like to see them trade down, although I'm not sure how much value they can get for the # 1 this year. I say all this of course having no idea what kind of offence the team will be running next season, which obviously would affect my opinion on the QB position.
That said IMO the biggest of the 9ers many needs is upgradeing the o-line.
If and when that happens I think (hope) both the running and passing game will be much more productive.
My really BIG problem with the team is the owner John York!!
I really question if the team will ever be, even a shell of, what it once was while he's in charge. Among the things he's done since he's taken over:
-Locking up Gatorade from the players until trainers get there. (guess he dosen't want them to over endulge)
-Charge players for postage when they try to return fan mail at the team facility.
-Slashed or gotten rid of Christmas bonuses that were once given to the teams office workers.
-Telling players & others who work for him that they could bring only spouces (no kids) to the annual Christmas party. He later backed down when a player complained on a radio interview and the story caught fire with the press.
-Fired Mariucci after a 10-6 season and going to the 2nd round of the playoffs.
This article does a good job of reflecting my perception of the guy and the teams direction:
While I'm not unhappy with the fact Erickson & Donahue are gone, IMO they were simply used as scapegoats. Did I mention he signed Donahue to a four year $5 million extention just FOUR MONTHS AGO! I have to ask myself what did Donahue do diffrently in the last four months to go from an extention to being fired. IMO this guy is clueless, with no direction and I have serious doubts about the teams future.