I genuinely believe that signing Moss has and will backfire on us. Teams "respect" him too much that they have deep safeties on every play he is on the field. We rarely target him which through 6 games now definitely tells defenses that we are going to run it on you or throw it short whenever Moss is in the game. Teams will put 1 deep safety over Moss and but otherwise have the other 9 guys expecting another short play.
Having Moss and VD on the field at the same time isn't a matchup nightmare at all. Teams just play deep safety and zone coverage (see Giants game today). Last year the majority of Davis' big plays came on short or intermediate crossing routes that he simply out ran his man on. Those plays aren't available with moss on the field because of the deep defenders.
Yes once a blue moon we hit him deep like we did in todays game but I cant help but also whine that Alex honestly under threw him on that ball. Had Alex led him at all I'm confident that would've been a TD. By the way I am one of the biggest Alex Smith supporters on this board. But for the majority of the plays he is on the field he is there only as a decoy and it hurts our offense more then it helps us. Yes it opens up underneath routes for Crabtree and others but it feels like we are backing ourselves into a corner when we put Moss on the field.
His signing has paid immediate dividends in terms of mentoring the receivers and motivating them but I came to point last week that without Moss we are a more explosive offense and more free to the kinds of plays we called last year. After todays complete neutralization of Vernon I think we need to put some this supposed "speed and explosion" that is wasting away on our bench in the game. Moss' reputation doesn't allow us to go deep because teams go out of there way to cover him. This may be irrational but I feel like putting more unknowns like AJ Jenkins who is reportedly just as fast as Moss ou there and getting him involved. At least then there will be more lenient coverage to all of our defenders allowing Jenkins to take advantage of slower CBs and EARN the over the top safety after collecting big plays and allow Vernon to take advantage of LBs having to cover him without safeties constantly being above him.
Anybody agree or am I just nitpicking?
[ Edited by sfout on Oct 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM ]