bleacherreport.com, Greg Rosenthal, The 49ers won’t promise Brian Westbrook a backup job, August 18, 2010
It;s a contest between Brian Westbrook, who provides power, and Anthony Dixon, who can play successfully on passing downs. Both want to be the backup player if Gore gets hurt. Although Westbrook is on the roster, with a base salary of $1.25 million, offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye insists the backup position has to be earned.
Coaches love to talk. They like to get feedback from the fans. Ultimately, though, a game plan is already created. When you have two talented players like Dixon and Westbrook, they will be used where they fit in best. A player may have an idea of what position he wants to play, but that is why coaches are invaluable and expensive items to keep. A good coach has already studied all players and their abilities. They have a vision for what is needed to insure success. Realistically, if there isn’t success, it is easier to get rid of the coach. Results are a very hot priority for the team, and particularly the coaching staff.
There are a couple of instances where players thought they knew where they should be and how they should be playing. (I will not bring up Ryan Leaf, I promise.) it does not work. Westbrook is experienced enough to realize that he will be participating in several different types of drills, so San Francisco can use him and his talent where it is most needed. He has a good salary (that 1.25 mil would cover about 42 average jobs), and an opportunity to make fans stand up and cheer.
It’s going to be an interesting season.