So here's a question.. Do we "scheme" our passing attack?
In other words, do we use elaborate, very creative ways to get our receivers open in space, rather than letting our guys beat their man?
I remember seeing one of those Gameday videos, where analysts would break down film, and I think it was Brian Billick or someone saying that the 49ers receivers don't do a good job of winning battles on the outside. And to my recollection, it always feels like the majority of our plays are crossing routes over the middle, or disguised wheel routes. (Obviously, we have a full route tree, but I'm just speaking in general terms).
The reason I ask is this... is it possible that our receiving corps isn't as good as we think it is? Michael Crabtree obviously blossomed this year and was an 1100 yard receiver with 85 receptions, but I've seen him get shut-down from time-to-time by physical corners who are strong in press coverage... which is surprising, since he's a pretty big, physical receiver himself. But after Crabtree, we've got an aged Randy Moss (who probably won't be with us next year), decently sized Mario Manningham (coming off a major injury), decently sized A.J. Jenkins (who didn't do anything this year, and needs to put on some muscle), and Kyle Williams (coming off a major injury).
Our passing attack wasn't the reason why we lost the Super Bowl, but I get the sense that our defense won't be as strong the next few years, and our offense is going to need to pick up the slack. It'd be nice to have a big, physical wide receiver opposite Crabtree and to complement Manningham/Jenkins/Williams in the slot. I hope we pick up at least one of the second-tier wide receivers in free agency or trade for one.