Which receivers take the field on the first play (or series) against the Packers?
I think it will be Crabtree and Williams. (I would have said Ginn but he is injured.)
I think the 49ers are "playing possum" with Moss. They know opposing defenses will be on alert to Moss and Manningham since they didn't get any real film on them in the preseason. I suspect they want the opposing defense to get into the game before they bring in Moss. And I would expect Moss to be a decoy and run some shallow routes to lull the defense at first.
I'd love to see Moss and Manningham come in the first play and start gouging the defense. But that just doesn't seem to be Harbaugh's personality. My fear is that playing it close to the vest against the Packers offense could put us in a hole early.
Originally posted by global_nomad:
Manningham and Crabtree. I think we might see Moss only 2-3 plays per drive and in the red zone.
Can't wait to see how we use lamic James, since Harbaugh has been saving him, even quoted as saying he will be like a new toy. A sproils kind of toy.
We saw a lot of runs from LJames - but you are right, I suspect that have plans for him in the screen and short pass game much like Sproles. The 49ers were particularly devoid of a screen game last year. Might have been a big part of their practices after the media coverage was limited. Hunter and James seem naturals in the screen game.
Gore struggles moving, then slowing to catch the ball, and getting up to speed again. This is true when he has to get to the outside as well. He is so much better running downhill. Defenses know this very well by now.
I don't include Ginn because he's a WR in-name-only and won't be used as a WR unless we have a rash of injuries. Bring it!
Dude you are wrong...so wrong. So far I haven't found anyone making a good point about Ginn not having a place in the offense as a receiver. I will make a case for him to be one --speed. Once his wheels are better he can clear out for others ..ahemm ...crabtree.... to have space behind/underneath. Contrary to popular opinions, he does know how to catch the ball thrown his way. No denying that he have had some boneheaded drops but he also had some good catches too and some of those for 3rd down conversions. Even in the latest 4 preseason games, there was a 3rd down catch that I remember. And the one that Smith forced to Moss, Ginn was open ...wide open...on a crossing. We need Ginn to stretch the defense. We missed what he provide last year against the Giants in the NFCCG.
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