Originally posted by Magzarillious:
Originally posted by AUniner:
They have bought in some complimentary players. I think they are looking to play to Alex's strengths. Expect a lot of shotgun. Maybe some no huddle.
I agree there is no way we can run these semi 1 dimensional sets with all the weapons we have, we are bound to be in spread. Man these boys in the front office amazed me again. They all get us scratching our head at points but when it's all said and done you get it (at least I do).
We may have been amazed but we shouldn't have been. It should have been glaringly obvious that this team last season was one dimensional because there were so few weapons in the passing game. We know all about the Edwards situation and Crabtree's injury and then Morgan. Those things were what limited the offense. Had Edwards even just played back to his better years in NY and Crabtree and Morgan stayed healthy, this would have been a very different offense.
Still, Harbaugh wanted a level of explosiveness that was not there last season even had all those guys stayed healthy. Consequently, they brought in Manningham for his depth and experience, and Moss on the prayer that he still has something left. The Jenkins pick, if we scrape away the layers, should have been obvious - speed and route running was a major component missing even had everyone else been healthy. James is just more of the same.
I don't see this team being a "shotgun" team next season. Smith showed good ability to throw out of an I-formation. The problem was that there were no dependable receivers that could read defenses and get open quickly, hence all the new guys. I anticipate a LOT of new stuff from Harbaugh, some of it will not happen until well into the season just to keep opponents off balance. It would be a mistake to say that this team is all "this or that." It will not be. Take that to the bank. Harbaugh now has the weapons to bring a lot of stuff we haven't seen in 20 years...