Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
You could hear the head coach in Brian Billick salivating as the game wore on...he appreciates great talent and was very impressed with Crabtree. MC may've also helped change the offensive identity...for it's crystal clear now the strength of our offense is the receiving corps. Add Brandon Jones to the mix and it's even stronger. All that means more of a spread offense...because that's what Alex does well and it gives everyone a spark. He never had the tools (supporting cast) before to play his game..now he does and I'm confident Singletary will see that. It was great to see him use his wheels to get out of trouble instead of taking yet another sack. I know it was only one half of one game...but, I saw a confident, poised Alex running the show with great results yesterday. Crabtree simply gives him a great receiver to throw to...he was worth the wait.
OK, OK, OK. Great? He's played in one NFL game thus far, and he has 55 yards receiving. That puts him on pace (in a 16-game season) for less than 1,000 yards. I think Crabtree was extremely impressive. I won't lie. But I think it's premature to call the guy great already. He wasn't even matched up with Houston's best corner for much of the game. I want to see him handle good secondaries, the best corner for every team, and double teams every single week before I call him great.
I believe he can be great, but not just yet...he'll be one step closer to that if he can play well against that Indianapolis secondary though. He does seem to run excellent routes, and there's no denying that he has excellent hands. If anything, he definitely is our best WR, and that's impressive considering the circumstances.