Originally posted by matthewabbit:
Had the niners done even slightly better in the return game last year you could chalk up 2 more easy victorys to our 8-8 season. seriously we were nearly last in the nfl in return yards and got robbed of victorys due to numerous fumbles in that department. had we retained Rossum last year i truly thiink we would have made the playoffs with a merely mediocre return man... So it is my understanding that Ginn was brought in to adress that problem directly. As Ginn is regarded by many to be the best in the game at return skills I think it would take an injury or drastic improvement by Ginn at wr to redirect his skills. Our Wr core is deep has talent and the return game...????? not so much. We were that close last year
Except for that fact that the team has down played his involvment in the return game, and remains focused on his abilities as a WR. This is from several quotes from Sing, as well as the fact that they drafted 1 player, and signed another rookie FA, specifically because they had return ability. Thats the only reason Vann is on the team is to return kicks.
If they were so sure that Ginn would return, then why would they go get Vann and Williams on draft weekend?
I prefer Ginn as a returner. I don't like him as a WR. I wish the team would force him to focus his energies on the return game and make practicing as a WR secondary, but they aren't. I really do believe the team is trying to polish what they see as a diamond in the rough, when it's likely Ginn is what he has been. Deficient........