Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Just a question...how many qbs, NFC or AFC could have hit our WRs in NYG title game? NONE. Why? Because we don't have anything resembling a WR corps, and on top of that NONE of our WRs got open all nite long. Why? Well start with a very subpar performance by Roman and end with a #1 WR with hx of holdout(therefore questioning his team allegiance) and some spectacular catches during the season, who suddenly went "dark" for the last 2 games, when he just disappeared, once setting foot on the field. Sure the playcalls were lacking, but we had not one WR open virtually all nite. Anyone looking at the banal and unimaginative banana routes our WRs ran, with NO fakes by anyone the entire game and no crisp routes run by any WR...well put that all together and Peyton at his best or Brady at his best could not have completed passes to those guys. Don't put this on alex, because a) he didn't call the plays(no slants and no outs and they were both open all nite), and b)receivers ran the worst routes possible, never shaking their defenders. Alex's dozen or so "turf balls" aimed at WRs toes got him a lot of bad press. But what was he to do...throw a ball more likely to be intercepted than caught? Going over the tape, Coach is going to be amazed how roman went thru an entire game and made no slant or outs calls. He will also be depressed by the lack of route running by our WRs. Sure we are injured, but that is no reason for those WRs out there not running crisp routes with good fakes. WRs did what for the game? Unnhhh 1 reception for 3 yds? That just shows an underperforming WR corps to me and lousy playcalling to boot.
Put this on alex if you wish, but WRs, and lack of imaginative playcalling are the real goats from where I stand. And the10th pick in the first rd a few yrs back? Well, I would put him on the block and see if we can use him to move up in draft to snag one of the top 3 WRs after Blackmon (also, not the kid from Notre Dame with 3 drinking citations). Also try for Vincent jackson(probably will not be able to get him away from SD, but i sure wish we would), and for sure Bowe from KC, another multi TD and multi catch guy with good hands. SF vs KC? I would bet he would be interested in that. Also Colston, but again i bet sean payton will see to it he stays. I would get a #1, #2 and #3 WR, and let our current 10th pick in the draft get traded to someone else for a high draft pick or another WR. I don't believe craps is a Harbaugh player. I will not be surprised to see him gone, replaced by 3 guys who really do want to play, and we don't have to worry about whether they will show up when the chips are down. Kyle, um, not sure about him, but i bet Coach gives him another shot. That leaves morgan as a possible # 3 .
Whatever happens, come start of coming season, expect alex to have 3 real life WRs to throw to and watch the turf balls become a thing of the past. Also, i would expect things like "Can the 9ers win a SB with alex" to disappear...whether we win the SB or not.
I didn't like the play calling either, but I gave up on that long time ago; when we tried to use the "spread offense" with Smith a few years back, it worked, and we never went back to it. After that, I just assume that play calling is done the way it is because they are afraid to let Smith run that type of offense for unknown reasons.
At this point, I don't care about the play calling, just what he is able to do with it. I think he did have WR's open. Its the definition of "open" that is the problem. Were they running free, with five yards of separation? Except for Vernon Davis, "no". But there were plenty of one-on-one opportunities where he could have made the throw, or kept his eyes down field for another second while stepping up in the pocket.
And this debate should not just be about one game anyway.