Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Wouldn't Big Ben's injury have affected Antonio Brown's numbers as well? His numbers were consistent and he had more receiving yardage in December than any other month...which is probably why his teammates voted him an honor over Wallace. The two WRs had very similar numbers but Wallace had most of his yards the first two months of the season and then tapered off, versus Brown getting stronger at the end of the season.
Could be Wallace being doubled more and Brown taking advantage of that fact. I actually wanted Wallace but am happy with what the niners have done.
Mike Wallace is their big play receiver though. In 2009 he averaged 19.4 a catch, 2010 he averaged 21.0 a catch and last year he averaged 16.6 with 1 40 yard play after week 8. He had 6 40 plays in weeks 1-7.
Big Ben's ability to extend plays is big factor in Mike Wallace getting open deep and without those long routes he's not as effective of a receiver. I'd argue that Big Ben was looking for Brown more because Brown has the ability to get open quicker than Wallace does. If I had to put up a comparision it's Maclin and Desean Jackson.
One of the reasons why I didn't want Wallace was because I think he's better suited to play with Big Ben than Alex and I don't think he would be as effective here. This is nothing against Alex. Big Ben is a unique qb that has the highest YPC in league history. His game is extending plays and looking deep. Alex has that ability to a lesser extent and Wallace would definetily have an impact but not enough to justify elite money.
[ Edited by tjd808185 on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM ]