INDIANAPOLIS --Trent Baalke has moved on.
The 49ers general manager isn't particularly interested in reliving all the right moves that helped catapult his team to a 13-3 season and finish a game shy of the Super Bowl.
As for the 20-17 overtime loss against the New York Giants that ended the 49ers' season, Baalke hasn't even looked at the game film.
``To be honest with you, I've not looked at the tape of the last game,'' Baalke said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. ``I quite honestly may never look at that tape.''
Given that general managers and coaches normally immediately begin looking for solutions, Baalke's reticence is unusual. When asked why he won't revisit the championship game, Baalke pointed to the future.
``There might be some stuff you could get, but I choose to move on. We're getting ready for a draft, we're getting ready for the free agent period that we're about to get into,'' Baalke said. `There might be a time this summer where I pop it on and look at it, and there might not be. It may sit in the archives forever as far as I'm concerned.''
It was the first time Baalke has addressed reporters since the 49ers season ended, a season in which he and coach Jim Harbaugh seemingly pushed all the right buttons to make the 49ers into a national story after a nine-year absence from the playoffs.
He was named executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association and received a three-year contract
``I don't know that you ever take the time to really look at what you've just gone through,'' Baalke said. ``I mean, you're constantly working to get better. As soon as the season ended, the all-star process was in full swing, with the Senior Bowl, the East-West game.
``You go right from that to draft meetings. We just finished 17 straight days of draft meetings with the scouts, got that done and now we're at the combine.''
Baalke makes it a point to never discuss contract issues, so he declined to deal with the impending free agency of quarterback Alex Smith, as well as other notable free agents such as Dashon Goldson, Carlos Rogers and Ahmad Brooks.
``We want to keep our guys in place,'' Baalke said. ``The locker room is very important.''
A play-it-safe policy during free agency a year ago paid off in a big way, bringing in Rogers, safety Donte Whitner, center Jonathan Goodwin and place kicker David Akers.
``We choose not to be reactionary. We do have plans in mind at every position,'' Baalke said. ``There's no guarantees in free agency, whether they're your own, whether they're other guys that are available and on the market. There are no guarantees, so you have to be prepared to make decisions on the fly.''
Conventional wisdom has it that the 49ers will be looking for a wide receiver, given the playoff struggles of the position group in general and Michael Crabtree in particular. Crabtree caught one pass against the Giants and had three drops in the playoff win over the Saints.
``Obviously when you have only two guys under contract for next year, it's an area you have to address,'' Baalke said.
Baalke said he thought Crabtree made strides last season -- he caught 72 passes for 874 yards and four touchdowns -- and hoped the foot problems which slowed his progress would be a thing of the past.
``He did a nice job, he certainly had some growth,'' Baalke said. ``He still wasn't able to practice every day or take every rep because of the foot.
"Hopefully this offseason we can get that thing rectified once and for aall and he can start being an every day performer for us.''