Originally posted by NCommand:Good Lord!
Watching the NFL Network and Roger Craig had 1,500 yards rushing and 72 receptions in 1988.
Boldin had 85 last year. I know it's not fair to compare but, wow!
I agree, unfair to compare. Different era. I think nowadays, somebody correct me, the highest paid offensive skill positions are QB, WR, and RB. I think one of the factors why Harbaugh likes to run a power run offense is that it's cap friendly. RB's and O Linemen are usually paid less than WR's and QB's. (from an average salary standpoint) The WCO depends on good skill position players, at the QB and WR position and a decent RB that can also double as a WR. I think, given the pricing of these skilled athletes, it's more expensive to run a good WCO than it is a traditional run based offense.
I don't think it takes two or three years to plug in an O Lineman on a run based offense vs a WR on a WCO. Usually for a WR, it takes 2 or 3 years to get the hang of the kinds of plays each WCO timing system runs. A run based offense, I'd say an O Lineman should be productive within a year. A talented RB should be able to produce within a year too.