I have often wondered how football life would have been for Alex, had Frank Gore not burst onto the scene as such a dominant RB. Would we have drafted and planned for so much run-heavy football? So many variables to consider.
If we were to hypothesize a few things... such as: Alex's rookie year sitting on the bench to learn. A consistency at OC and a HC that either knew offense or at least kept his hands away from it. A life without Kwame Harris as a pass protector. Some decent WR weapons added early on. A Vernon Davis being far more polished early on.
If all of these things had been the reality? Yes, I think Alex would have been far more productive in a pass oriented offense for us, had we focused more on making things easy and familiar for him early on. I really think that Alex would have grown quickly from 2007 on, had Norv Turner stuck around. But enough hypothesizing from me... that was then.. this is now. I like what we have going now.. and it's about f**king time!
Thank you, Jim! Go Alex and the Niners!