Originally posted by fly15:
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
What you saw as underthrows most others saw Crabs running the wrong routes and terrible route running, often. It was pretty clear that Crabs and Alex Smith weren't on the page at all last season. In fact at times it seemed as if Alex was 2 or 3 pages ahead of Crabs. As the season went on Alex's only real dependable receiver he could count on was Vernon Davis, not just catching the ball consistently, but being were he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. You can't blame a QB for throwing to whom he trusts. Was Crabs the leading 49ers WR? Yes, but by default, and he certainly wasn't our most important receiver. And you have to understand that Alex was brilliantly managed by JH & Co. He was playing within the offense. He did what the coaches wanted him to do. Sure the playcalls were conservative at times. But that wasn't all on Alex, or even mostly on Alex. The WR corps was quite horrible all season and Crabs was a big reason why. That's why JH and Baalkie made the moves they did at that one position. If Moss comes in and overtakes Crabs - which many here know I'm not a fan of Moss being a 9er anyway - the criticism of Crabs from me will be unending. And you can bet that if that happens Crabs will have to put up Megatron-like numbers to remain in the red & gold next season.
how do u know crab ran the wrong routes??
and in order for Crabtree to have Megatron like #'s, we must have a Staford like QB
but I'm sure Moss will help elevate the chances of having 17 tds passes in 16 games
I won't give a long dissertation on the finer points of route running, 2-3-5-7 step drops & timing, and how they relate to unsuccessful/successful plays. Most things about football cannot be understood unless you've played and/or a coach (not saying that you're not or haven't). But suffice it to say that to anyone really looking into the plays it becomes obvious where the mistake were on individual plays. No, Alex isn't Peyton Manning, but Peyton underthrows his WR's 2 or 3 times a game. Although Alex's mechanics is a work in progress, last season he really understood the offense and what JH and Roman wanted to do. In a timing offense under/overthrows, completions, incompletions, interceptions, and sacks are dictated heavily (but no completely) on the route running of the player the QB is throwing to, and many fans don't understand that. Last season I saw Alex release the ball before players got into their breaks more than any time in his career, and that's a testament of how he's been managed. JH's offense utilizes timing and design a lot to get players open. I can't tell you many times I'd watch Alex go back in his drops, release the ball before the player breaks (as he supposed to) only to see the player obviously
break too early, too late, or outright run a pattern Alex simply wasn't expecting him to run, often resulting in a sack or worse. And almost 100% of the time that I watched it was a WR doing this, and the WR's most guilty of this were Crabs and Ginn. As the season went on not only did Alex Smith begin to loose faith in Crabs - and other WRs - but so did the coaching staff as evidenced by their increasingly more creative play design and plays
to go to the TE's. As the season went on throws gone to Crabs became less timing based and more sit-down or set based.
For all his fault (and I've been on of his critics) the 2011 season was not a season in which the offense struggled because of the play of Alex Smith. This time, it was clearly
on the WR's, hence the WR moves made by JH and Baalke. I've said before and I'll say it again: This is a make-or-break season for Crabs. And I wasn't the biggest fan of the Moss signing, in fact I still don't like it. But if Crabs looses his presumed #1 status to a 35 year old quitter who didn't even play last season the criticism from me will be harsh, long, and often.