Originally posted by dj43:
I agree with your analysis of Clark. I saw every home game he played and he was very good. However, my main point was that in that first SB year, Clark had not yet developed into the receiver he became in the next four years. He was very "average" that year they won.
Which brings me to my second point of agreement with you; the 49ers appear to need someone to really mentor AJ Jenkins. I cannot believe that so many rookie WRs have had an impact around the league and Jenkins just is not good enough to make the 45. It hasn't been that there were superior WRs ahead of him, as we have noted in multiple threads. Either Baalke screwed up in drafting him or the coaching staff did a poor job in developing him. Another possibility is that Harbaugh made a conscious decision to run with only the early starters until injuries forced a change. He has done the same thing on the defense and we see how that has tired them out and what has happened with no solid backup behind Justin Smith. Harbaugh deserves some blame here.
I think you really have to look at the coaching here. It's surprising, because JH should be completely dialed in to the passing game in all phases. I'm not sure what's up. There could be a personality mismatch going on, or a pecking order thing going on. But the bottom line is that SF is getting no production from their #1. Unless AJ is a lame imbecile, I don't think that reflects well on the staff. Why not loosen up the collar a little bit? Chillax guys. If the talent doesn't come to you, go to the talent. Go on. Kiss their a**. Go ahead. Pucker up if that's what it takes to get this guy to catch a few balls. Find this guy on the sidelines and whack his shoulder pads a few times. We're going to need his production soon. In fact, we've missed it already.
About Dwight, yes, you are right. I am remembering him from 1981, after connecting with Joe his third year in the league. I only saw Dwight on TV. I never saw him drop a ball. Can't say that for anyone else, even Jerry. Jerry had A hands. John Taylor had A+ hands. Dwight had A++ hands. That year he just came out of nowhere and became the high percentage intermediate yardage pass receiving machine that made the WCO what it was. I'm not sure he converted a lot of third downs. I remember him being the reason they never had to worry about third and long too often.
Oh yes, and Dwight was drafted in the 10th round, btw.
[ Edited by brodiebluebanaszak on Jan 3, 2013 at 03:46:36 ]