Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Who beside Crabtree was gonna be the top WR? Swain? Of course he was the top WR. He was the only option.
Elite WR's dont care who is opposite them. They are gonna put up their numbers regardless...
My comment was "top receiver" not WR...so how about Vernon Davis, who had the advantage of being Smith's go to guy, has been for years, and was healthy all year? But Crabtree had more catches, yards, ypc, and longest. After all, Harbaugh likes to use TEs and Crabtree was coming back from injury the first few games, and had to compete with Morgan and Edwards.
Once again, I have no idea if Crabtree will have a boon or bust year next year, but I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out without projecting my personal bias.
The numbers speak for themselves, and they're firmly on your side. But I think you're over-selling it a bit. Remember, there was some awkwardness regarding Davis' integration into the offense last year. In fact, once the play book was cracked open in October and early November there were rumors coming out of the locker room that Davis was frustrated by the paucity of balls thrown his way. That's not the sort of complaint you'd expect from a stud TE in a supposedly TE-friendly system. At any rate, I think it's fair to say they both got off to slower starts than we would have liked. I never found a satisfactory answer for what the issue with Davis was, it just sorta blew over.
The data is clearly on your side, I'm simply suggesting that you shouldn't push the "TE friendly" mantra too hard. There were a lot of assumptions made about last year's team and the Coach, but the progression of the season put to rest a lot of those assumptions. Unfortunately, I didn't keep a record of passing attempts to TE's last season so I can't argue this point very aggressively. Nevertheless, I was left with a strong impression that the "TE friendly" assumption didn't bear fruit, either.
[ Edited by BubbaParisMVP on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM ]