Originally posted by DirtyP:
Originally posted by qnnhan7
Originally posted by NinerGM:
The difference is those 4 guys worked hard and fortunately maintained their health. I think the closest analogy is Vernon Davis - who really has been the #1 receiving option on this team. Davis wasn't known for his hands, even in college. However Davis put in extra time to get better and establish a rapport with Smith. It's very rare that you see Smith and Davis have a "miscommunication". My point is clutch receivers understand that you have to practice hard to with your QB - whoever that is to eventually make clutch plays. In 4 years I'm still waiting for the Crabtree clutch signature moment where I can say, Crabtree made a play no one else on this team could have made.... Yes, yes he's a solid #2 receiver and if that's the consensus around here, that means he's eminently replaceable. You can scheme that production via other players IMHO, you can't scheme for example, Davis' production and what he means as an impact player to this offense.
When you need a (receiving) play, who do you look for on this offense?
Every report prior to this minor injury have been that Crabtree is in tip top condition and looks great.
Solid #2 receivers are not easily replaceable like you say. Before Crabtree we didn't have any receiver on the roster who could have been a starter on another team for about 7 years in a row.
After 3 years and 3 different head coaches, I think being a "solid #2" and obviously improving is pretty good. Vernon Davis didn't look like anything special until his 4th year.
Yes, Crabtree is always on the verge of having a great breakout season; projected; potentially; if everything goes wright; etc. You could make the same argument about Josh Morgan, but the expectations around Crabtree were much higher and deservedly so. Remember Crabtree should have been taken higher than 10
when we selected him in that draft so essentially we were getting a top 5 - 7 pick at 10. Every WR I know drafted in that range was expected to be a primary difference maker/starter for their team. I disagree that the 49ers haven't had a solid #2 WR on this team - in fact, the roster has been full of them over the years. Again, the primary receiving threat established on this team has been Vernon Davis.
2009 WRs: Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Arnaz Battle, Jason Hill, Micheal Spurlock, Brandon Jones. Bruce had a terrible year in 2009 and had a much better year in 2008 - where he put up numbers similar to what we saw from Crabs last season.
Don't get me wrong I'm pulling for him but the injury stat line is just expected. Marginal field production is expected. Yes if we project out what his stats would have been over "x" games we get .... That's nice and all, but when does it actually show up.
Again, I pose the question, when you really need a (receiving) play from the offense, where do you go?