I just watched the New England game (AFCCG). If Talib does not get hurt, Boldin is not a factor. Joe threw to him and Talib was there to break up the pass.
He had a goal to win a ring, since he was robbed of one before, and was a man possessed. I loved the guy as a player, but I also do not know the inner workings of the team. I hope they made the right move. He is not the be-all-end-all, IMHO.
But the bottom line is Ozzie didn't feel that Boldin was going to produce enough this year to be worth what he wanted in money. Why don't we see what his production is like in a San Francisco system that is needing a possession receiver after Gore went down... If he does what you think we needed him to do here, then you can say Ozzie was wrong about his value to the team. Until then, just wait and see. I don't think it is a stretch to trust that Ozzie knows what he is doing. He knows better than we do how much Boldin has left in the tank and if he thinks it wasn't enough, that's fine. If he's wrong, it's just a minor mistake, because from a front office logic perspective it is always better to cut a player a year too soon rather than a year too late. These matters are always a bit of a gamble.
I side with Ozzie on this one but even if he is wrong, it's just the way it goes when evaluating the value of talent in the NFL. Sometimes you look like a genius, sometimes you don't. That hindsight doesn't change what was the right decision at the time.
When Ozzie cut Mason after 2010 everybody thought it was ridiculous. He was still the leading receiver on this team. People said it was too soon to cut him. But it worked out and as it turned out Mason goes to the Jets and the Texans and does nothing and is done in the NFL. If Ozzie gets the same sense about Boldin right now, then it is the right thing to do to cut him, even if Boldin has a good year this year.
Edit: Sorry, I meant Crabtree, not Gore up above when discussing the 49ers.
At the time of the Boldin trade it was the right thing to do. They anticipated Pitta and Boldin playing the same role in the offense moving forward. Had they known they would lose Pitta for the season they probably don't make that trade. Hindsight is 20/20. I am not sure how much cap savings the Ravens would have gotten had they cut McLain. As additional injuries occur the Ravens are going to need cap space to fill the spots. I don't know that the Ravens could have fit Boldin in even if they knew Pitta was going to get injured. You can't go into the season right up against the cap unless you start pushing the cap issues out.
I agree with Captain offenses post above in regards to the the AFCG. Talib was locking down Boldin. The offense started having more success when Talib went out injured.
There is no hindsight for me or others that didn't want Boldin gone.
We disagreed with it when it happened. This isn't something that just started with Pittas injury.
And I was not upset at all when we let Mason go...we had Boldin (who i always said was redundant with Masons skillset) and had just spent a second round pick on a WR who as a MD an, I was excited and high on obviously.
As far him being overpaid...I disagree again. I know the team felt that way, but it's not like he was in the first or even second tier of WR contracts.
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The absence of Pitta > that of Boldin.
Jim >> Cammie
Rotating Reed, Doss and DT in with the 1's this summer will help produce balanced options. It's all on #5.
We need a "I miss Boldin" thread so ranting about him can occur without hijacking other threads. It's obviously some can't let go of it.
I was never as broken up about losing Quan as most were. I guess I was expecting it from hearing what he wanted dollar wise and knowing how our FO does business. Whether its one guy or a 2 or even 3 man effort I figure his stats will be duplicated some how and we'll just press on.
C'mon guys, I can go on with "if's" for days, because it's really a crap shoot guess to say what would have happened if so and so wasn't hurt. It's not like Talib completely shut Boldin down for a half. Talib was in for the first two offensive series seven whole plays. And it went as follows:
Rice Run 2yds
Rice run 4yds
Incomplete to Rice
Leech 17yd reception
Incomplete to Boldin (good coverage by Talib)
Incomplete to Boldin short dump to Boldin broken up by Talib.
So it's not like Boldin was completely shut down for a long period of time. He had a whopping two plays one of which was wouldn't have gained anything even if Boldin did catch it.