Originally posted by NeonNiner:
If AJ pans out, this will look very, very bad on Morton and the (offensive) coaching staff. Already looks bad enough he vouched for Johnson, a talentless WR he failed to develop when we could've had Baldwin and the young WRs have mostly underachieved under him. I wouldn't be surprised if Patton gets more pointers from Boldin and Crabtree.
Morton is certainly a part of the problem. He has now had two 1st round draft picks (Jenkins and Baldwin) and done NOTHING with them while BOTH have been more productive in KC.
When we look at what the 49ers now have at WR, Morton's failure is even more obvious. Neither of the two starters can really say Morton had much to do with their current position. Boldin came packaged for success from Baltimore. Crabtree was a consensus #1 overall pick before his injury allowed him to fall to the 49ers at #10. Crabtree was almost certain to be a successful NFL receiver based on his college production. Still, even allowing for his holdout and injuries, it should not have taken three years for him to begin to show up.
The list of other wide receivers that have come through this team is notable only in a continued lack of success. While Seattle is winning a Super Bowl with two starters (Baldwin and Kearse) that were backups at the beginning of the season, the 49ers can't get anybody on the field that did not come pre-packaged.
Something is definitely wrong here. It is difficult to accept that Harbaugh is satisfied with the lack of success at WR other than those two but he is the boss. For the most part, Harbaugh is still playing with the hand that was dealt him when he first got here. With the imminent departure of some starters that have unacceptable cap numbers and the need to replace them along with finding/developing a #1 WR, we will soon learn if he and his "offensive" staff can actually coach up players or just manage ones they are given.
[ Edited by dj43 on Feb 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM ]