Originally posted by DirtyP:
Originally posted by 9erfanAUS:
I agree with this.
I don't buy the "Alex Smith is his QB" reason as well. The capabilities of the QB is a big factor in WR play for sure, but at some point the WR's own talent has to take over. I've seen countless other WRs succeed with below-par QBs: Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson to name a few. All three had times when they had inferior QB play and still produced on the field. Did you forget the expectations? We all thought that given his college production he would be a sure-fire Probowler and on the level of those aforementioned WRs.
I answered "No" on the poll, I don't think he is a bust. He's produced decently. I do think that he is a major disappointment.
To name a few? You just named 3 of the best wide receivers of their era and all of them have had excellent QBs throwing to them. Crabtree is only in his 4th year and only his second in a real NFL offensive system.
Yes and the expectation for Crabtree was to be one of those guys. Maybe it wasn't your expectation, but it was the expectation for the overwhelming majority of this fanbase. Crabtree was touted as a top five pick, very similar to the Johnson's and Fitzgerald. That was the level of hype that came with Crabtree. We were seen as lucky to draft him because he fell purely because of his foot injury and because he did not run the 40.
Fitzgerald was good before Warner. C. Johnson was good before Stafford. A. Johnson was good before Schaub. Great WRs can make plays on marginal teams with poor QB play.
As susweel previously said, I knew all I needed to know about Crabtree after he decided to hold out in his rookie year 5 weeks into the regular season. Regardless, I still have hope for Crabtree. I think he'll be fine this year and he'll build on last season. I just don't think he'll ever live up to the gamechanger, playmaker, probowl destined hype that he came with.