Originally posted by NinerBuff:
A Home Run Hitter.
Davis was a home run hitter during the playoff run, but generally we were a dink and dunk team that had trouble in the redzone. But most teams have trouble in the redzone (not as bad as us, but still not great). If we have a home run hitter who can score a 60-70yd touchdown 5 or 6 times a season, that will keep an opposing safety deep, open up the TEs and WRs underneath and relieve some of the 8 and 9 man fronts on running plays.
And honestly, it could be a HB, TE, or WR. I think all three could be possibilities.
I also think Crabtree will be incrementally better next year (still sub-1000yd) but getting very close, and Morgan put up 700ish.
Put it all together, we will be an above average offense with a stellar defense, a combination that will carry us to the playoffs!
Dink & dunk is what NFL defenses do to you when your best WR option is your TE. Crabs was "incrementally" better in 2011. But we don't need anymore progress in increments from our supposed #1 WR who's now going into his 4th season. We needed him to step up. He didn't and we suffered because of it. And if a combination of a steller D with just an average offense is what we have for the 2012 season then there will be a lot of disappointed fans. In 2011 there weren't that many things that kept use from being elite. But chief among them was the lack-luster output at the WR position. That lack of production seriously held back the offense, forcing the coaching be extra creative with their playcalling and play design to hide our WR weaknesses. But, as we say in the NFC title game, we will get exposed because creativity and exotic play design will only take us so far. At some point we are going to have to get much better at the WR position.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Feb 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM ]