Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
I agree. Crabtree is obviously our #1 wide receiver. He has proven that every year with his on the field production. I doubt that JH would tolerate any player with poor work habits, attitude or effort; so I think that he also elicit unfair criticism in that respect also. He does draw flak because he has an unfortunate sideline demeanor. And he is not an Alex Smith believer. We'll never know, but IMO he would have easily produced 1,000 yard + seasons if he had had Eli Manning throwing him the ball, as Manningham had.
However, it is ironic that you request that we forgive mistakes and then launch into a diatribe against Kyle Williams. It's a gross exaggeration to say that KW cost the Niners their season. He contributed to the team's losing the last game. But to my view he wasn't even the primary reason that we lost. He certainly isn't a scrub and IMO, in a passing oriented team, would be a standout. Patriots? Denver? San Diego? He needs to mature some; I wasn't a fan of his failure to own up to his mistake in the ball-hitting-his-knee episode. But he is deserving of the chance this training camp to prove that he has learned and grown from that. He think that he has demonstrated great natural WR/SR skills.
I never said I wouldn't forgive Kyle Williams, I think he is a very good 4th receiver, if that makes sense. But lets be real, how can you say he was not the primary reason we lost? The defense played lights out and Kyle Williams took at least 2 possessions away from the offense. Kyle Williams cost us an incredible season with a combination of bonehead mistakes and an inability to get open consistently.
Kyle Williams fumbles punt, sacrificing good field position and an excellent opportunity to add to our lead. Our offense was starting to move the ball and we looked like we were about to put at least 3 more on the board. Giants score the go ahead touchdown off of the turnover. This is also known as a 10 point swing.
Kyle Williams fumbles punt after the defense forces 2 straight turnovers in OT, putting the Giants offense inside the 30 and practically sealing the game. Had Kyle Williams not fumbled the 49ers would have been in great field position again.
Kyle Williams contributes 0 catches for 0 yards while starting the game. On punt returns, he mishandled or misjudged every play he was out there. He dove for a catch in the rain when he could have just let it go, he was completely unready for the stage he was on.
Its hard to argue Kyle Williams did not end the season when if you take any one of the above mistakes out of the game we probably advance to the Super Bowl as the favorites
When I say Kyle Williams is a scrub with some speed I meant that slightly sarcastically, but if he was anything significantly more I think we would have seen a bit more from him at this point. And yes he would probably flourish in NE, just like many scrubs with speed do.
[ Edited by DirtyP on Mar 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM ]