Originally posted by MarkD:
Why do people always over look the basics. Yeh Wallace is fast but he is not a west coast offense type of receiver. Receivers that do well in the west coast offense are quick, they run good routes. They are typically known as short strider type receivers. Example: Ginn is a long strider and he cannot run good routes because with his longer legs and frame it is hard for him to slow down and come out of his breaks quicker. Guys like that also run more up right and do have a good lean. Wallace would be a bad choice in our offense because he is a similar to Ginn. JMHO
Fans have forgotton that we are a WCO. Speed is nice but it is not important in the WCO. Sure handed, runs good routes, elusive, YAC, not afraid to go over the middle are a must for the WCO. Power running, short passes with YAC, ball control are the bread and butter of the WCO. The best receiver in football history Jerry Rice was not at all fast but he had all the other qualities needed in a WCO. We need to draft players that fit the WCO and speed doesnt equate. Draft a player or get a FA that can fix the two glaring problems we had last year - third down and red zone. Also remember we have Alex Smith as our QB (I think we do anyhow) get him the tools that fits his strengths. Drafting Fleener would give us an immediate starter as he knows the system. He is big, has some speed, good hands, guess his major problem is he doesnt block very well. Blocking is a skill that can be taught the only question I have does Fleener want to block.