Since Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia and Steve Mariucci left the Niners, we haven't had a single receiver go over 1,000 yards. In 2007, Arnaz Battle led the Niners with 600 receiving yards. He led the entire team with 600 yards... pathetic.
I think there's been far too much emphasis on Vernon Davis and Frank Gore for the past several seasons. We have Crabtree and Ted Ginn, who can also be weapons if used correctly. Between Nolan and Singletary, they exhibited virtually no knowledge of offense beyond game management for the defense. I can't believe Singletary didn't cede control of the offense entirely. It's too bad he didn't keep Martz around for a second season. Imagine if Martz had been able to play with Crabtree, Ted Ginn, Westbrook, Delanie and Vernon, the crazy plays he could've designed.
Harbaugh will make wide receivers an important position again. With the return of the West Coast Offense, we will see slants and cleverly designed screen passes. It's too bad that Westbrook will probably leave. He would've been a perfect pass catching back on 1st and 3rd downs. I think that Crabtree will get his Texas Tech Step back. All he needs is a short feed with open field. A good QB can deliver the ball on the money. Alex lacked the ability to put a nice touch on short passes. You can also blame Crabtree for his poor route running.
Who do you think will be the 2011 starting receivers for the Niners?