Originally posted by GetoThunderFist:
Originally posted by dj43:
Do you honestly believe Kaepernick could have done what Smith did? Seriously?
BTW, using those early season games when Edwards was injured and Crabtree was not even practicing as a judging point reveals a lack of detail in your analysis.
The Redskins, Both Cards games and the Browns game happened week 8 or later. Crabtree played in all those games and Edwards was never a factor as evidenced by the fact that he was cut even though we clearly needed a WR.
I was typing in a hurry. What I should have said was that Crabtree did not begin practicing regularly until during week 12. Even then, he was on the "limited participation" list through week 14. In order for a passing offense to run effectively the QB and the receivers MUST have practice time together so they can settle the patterns and timing of the routes. There was NEVER a time when the 49ers went through a full week from training camp on, when they had the full compliment of WRs healthy enough to accomplish that. They were virtually play pick-up games with kids off the streets as far as building the confidence and rapport needed to develop the passing game.
Look. It is clearly evident that the 49ers need WRs in a big way. Every draft pundit has recognized it in their mocks. You can knock Alex Smith all you want but the facts are that Harbaugh never trusted him even once in a significant game to come in and play. Smith, with all the limitations imposed on the offense, still finished with quality work and a very solid rating. So while that certainly does not put him on the same level as PM but to say that Colin Kaepernick was capable then of doing what Smith did is to ignore reality.