Right now teams want to take away VD because he was one of two receivers over the past several years with a great rapport with Smith. Someone said Morgan's absence doesn't matter but he was the other receiver with a great rapport. Edwards coming off surgery, Crabtree hasn't been consistent with Smith and neither has Ginn.
So the defenses are keying on VD and Harbaugh says, "Great, we'll kill you with Gore, Sopoaga, Staley, Walker, and whoever else we care to trot out there." As teams watch the film of the first seven games they will realize stopping VD is not the final answer...just part of the puzzle. Most coaches love knowing who the defense is keying on. As soon as they stop keying on VD he will start having monster games again.
An alternative theory is that Harbaugh is keeping VD's ego in check by showing him that Staley and Sopoaga can also contribute and no one should complain.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Oct 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM ]