Originally posted by dj43:Originally posted by NinerGM:We will never know but I would bet that the length of Crabtree's holdout was to some degree to assure that if he were going to spend the first five years of his pro career as a downfield blocker, he was going to get paid very well to do it. There is no room in this offense for a pass catching playmaker...of course that assumes Crabtree can do in the pros what he did in college.Originally posted by AKfanster:Originally posted by backontop:Originally posted by AKfanster:
Doesn't anyone else get it? It doesn't matter how many times Alex threw the ball. I don't care if he threw 100 times in the first half.
It's the type of passes he's throwing. How throws went farther than 15 yds? How many went farther than 20 yds?
Last Sunday we saw the SAME OFFENSE from last season. The coaching staff did NOTHING to change this offense, it's the exact same from early last season.
The Niners need to commit to being a spread style offense, and they need to do it quickly. If they keep with the power running game and short passing offense, this team is headed for 5-11, 7-9 at best.
I thought maybe Raye/Sing learned something last season. Everybody saw how this team responded after changing the offense last season, everybody but them.
What a concept huh? Using an offense that takes advantage of the players you have.
Nah, forget that. We're gonna line up I formation with 2 TEs and run and use short passes to keep the defense off balance.
Then, after we're down by 21 points, we'll start using 3 wide sets and shotgun formations to take advantage of our weapons. Only problem is, the defense will be expecting this and our O-line will never be able to hold up under the constant blitzing/pressure.
Next weeks gameplan, REPEAT LAST WEEKS PLAN.
Our HC and OC are jokes. They think this team should be able to impose it's will on ANY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.
Message to Singletary, "EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT YOUR OFFENSE IS GOING TO DO. YOUR OFFENSIVE LINE IS NOT NEARLY GOOD ENOUGH TO RUN ON ANY AND EVERY TEAM.
YOU HAVE THE BEST TE IN THE LEAGUE. YOU HAVE ONE OF THE BEST RBs IN THE LEAGUE THAT CAN CATCH THE BALL OUT OF THE BACKFIELD. YOU HAVE A QB THAT PLAYS MUCH BETTER OUT OF SHOTGUN/SPREAD FORMATIONS. YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD UP AND COMING POSSESSION WR. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, USE THEM!
Lets not forget Walker and Westbrook either. Back-ups that can cause mis matches in the passing game. Use them. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, USE YOUR WEAPONS.
Completely agree with this ... but this would require someone to actually think outside the box (I hate to use that overused phrase). Raye and Singletary are THE most unimaginative coaching pairing you can have. Martz in Chicago.... all I'm going to say. Martz will adjust to you if you force him to adjust.
It doesn't really matter because in 3 weeks when the 49ers lose their 4th straight, people will be calling for Singletary's head. I think the 49ers let him prod through the season with a losing record and he'll be sacked by the end. I hope Jed is seriously looking at other coaches. We really need someone who has a football mind and not just an inspirational leader. We need an offensive genius because that's where the NFL has been going for a while.
I know - I'm a Debbie Downer, but honestly, I can't see this offense changing much. I can't see Raye changing much. I can't see things being different because Singletary is in complete denial - just like he was last year when Rachal kept getting beat. Just like when no one would challenge him about the line's inability to "dominate". If I'm Crabtree why do I get excited about an offense like this? I don't. You take one of the most prolific receivers in NCAA history and you make him a NFL down-field blocker. OF COURSE Crabtree is hard to motivate.
But again, until there's a sweep of the offensive coaches it won't change.
Good luck tonight 49ers but I can't see much hope over the next few weeks.
I get your point dj - and you're right. It's not been proven that Crabtree can be as productive now as he was in college. However, your statement sort of makes my point; "there's no room in this offense for a pass catching playmaker...."
Wow, even I couldn't have come up with a more damning statement about the Raye offensive strategy. What you say here is dead-on and I think is the core of the problem. IMHO, don't draft a guy like that - a BPA, keep stocking up on OGs, blocking TEs and over-sized RBs.