Originally posted by VA49er:
I think its interesting to see how this has played out. I don't know that this shows much of anything. I think that we basically had a two year plan on these guys and we are looking to play them when we feel they are ready. There could also be a financial motivation for not getting these guys on the field much right now. we've done a good job of hiding our depth, letting guys walk and locking young dudes to long contracts before they break out. I think we certainly were looking to ride it out with Moss and Ginn this year and were hoping these guys would come in for spot roles next year. It's not like they will top the depth chart if they are active. We shall see. Ginn is not exactly a shlebb as a 4th wideout and we also have Jacobs and Dixon to work into the running game. There is also that guy Gore. This will all work out.
I wish that I shared your optimism. I don't think that it works out. Certainly not this year, if the team doesn't get contribution in the playoffs from skill positions. And I refer to home-run capability at WR and RB. Which the first two picks provide on paper.
Ginn is a shlebb. He cannot be relied upon in pressure situations.
I sense that this reluctance to bring up players is more the result of Harbaughs inclination to play the conservative game, circa the '60s. IMO it can get you into the play-offs, but not much further. If he is on board with this thinking and is intending to change this in time for the play-offs (switching to Kaepernick being the first indication), he better get moving. Because so far neither his play-calling or his personnel selection has adjusted to this strategy. It may be that he just doesn't have the necessary offensive expertise in-house at this time. This is not college ball, which is where his experience on the offensive side comes from.
That said, Harbaugh is full of surprises. These next few weeks will be verrry interesting.