Originally posted by Marvin49:
I can see why someone would come to that conclusion, but I just don't think it's completely accurate.
The point about how the 49ers need to "grind out victories" because they don't have a vertical threat completely ignores the fact that Harbaugh ran almost the exact same offense at Stanford. It isn't that the 49ers CAN'T go deep. Its that they don't CHOOSE to try. BTW, saying they don't have a deep threat is also complete BS. Vernon can go deep. Manningham can go deep. Ginn can go deep. Even Moss can STILL go deep.
All these talking heads are talking out their a$$es (I;m talking about Eric Allen BTW, not you). They don't have a clue. Its not all pretty with a 300 or 400 yard passer so it's a weakness. Ya know what tho....here is the big name QB Gauntlet that was laid out before the year.
Rodgers = WIN
Stafford = WIN
So far its 2-0 and not really close.
Here's something else for people to chew on:
If Smith starts hitting deep with decent regularity to his wide receivers.....like if he improves in this area like his overall QB play improved mid 2010/Harbaugh era on, then the 49ers will be quite dangerous.
We saw in the first two games that Smith prefers to have the short/intermediate routes open, and at some point those will have to be given back to him if going deep is a legitimate threat.
It's great to have a strong all around team that can win games and compete in tough ones with average passing. Once you get a little above average, overwhelming.