Originally posted by Ninefan56:
I think that would be a reasonable offseason collection of players. I also think that Alex Smith has proven that he can produce as he did in 2011. I think with dependable receivers and another TE he can produce in 2012 as well. Alex Smith played as well as Eli Manning in the championship game. The difference was a turnover in our end of the field in OT. It was not a great play by Manning that beat us. IT was a fumble at the most inopportune time. But that is football.
I think Fleener/Green will be a wonderful addition, especially if they have good hands.
Both do. Fleener is more ready to play and he's familiar with Harbaugh's system, playing in the same kind of offense in college under Harbaugh and staff. He runs the best/most precise routes of any tight-end that has come out of the draft in the past few years and that includes Gronkowski. Green is much more raw, comes from a smaller program but is a great leaper, has good hands, his biggest weakness is in terms of blocking, at this point he's basically a very big, slightly slower WR although with the coaching staff the 49ers have, I'm sure he could become a much better blocker over time.
My whole thought process on adding another tight-end is strictly to open up the passing game in the red-zone. If all else fails, let Alex throw it up high and give one of these guys a chance to go up and get it, sort of like the role that was envisioned with Edwards but didn't quite work out so well. Alex seems to enjoy throwing to his tight-ends, so give him one more big, strong physical threat to make his life easier and make defense's lives miserable.
On the outside you can have Garcon and Crabtree with Garcon being a passable deep threat. In addition you also would have Morgan and a tall, strong rookie WR in Streeter/Hill to further open up the offense.
Like I said, if he can't get it done with those weapons, he can't get it done period. Additionally putting that offense together would be minimally expensive and would be pretty realistic in terms of draft position...etc.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM ]