Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by 49erRider:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by pdizo916:
i think that the G position is easily replaceable. I don't want to see Iupati go, but if it comes down to crabs and Iupati, I rather keep Crabs.
Yes and no. Its easy to find a capable guard. Its hard to find a guard on the level of Iupati. IMO i would probably resign Iupati over crabtree. It is simply more important to keep the chemistry and core of the offensive line together long term for stability and chemistry than it is to resign a wr. If he was top 5, or even top ten WR, than maybe,but as of right now he is barely scratching top 15 WR's. The thing that will ensure long term success for this team is making sure we stay strong in the trenches. Right now we have a very strong arguement for the #1 offensive line in the league. I would personally like to keep it that way for the next decade.
Crabtree's productivity with Kaepernick as his QB was on par with a top 5 WR. Definitely top 10, no question. In 10 games with Kaepernick (including postseason), he put up 880 yards and 8 TDs. If you extrapolate that to 16 games, he would be on pace for around 1,400 yards and about 13 TDs. That would place him 5th in yards and tied for 2nd in TDs. Obviously, there are too many variables to assume he will be on pace for those numbers in 2013, but the point is - with Kaep as his QB - he has produced like a top WR in the league so far.
Considering that we throw the ball half as much as other teams (like the Lions), those numbers are very close to elite WR numbers, like CJ and Fitz.
The fact that we don't throw the ball as much lowers his value a bit for us, but like you said, 5th in yards and 2nd in TDs on a run first team is pretty special.
Dont get me wrong, i wwas as impressed as anyone else with his second half stretch last season, but it was one ten game stretch in his career, Hopefully he can continue to put it together ith Kaep, and hopefully we can resign him, But when it comes down to my personal beliefs with football, IMO it is always the wiser move to invest in the young oline and keep the chemistry together there than it is to invest at WR and keep the chemistry there. If Kaep is truely an elite QB, he will improve mediocre WR's with his passing ability, but he cant do that with a shotty oline. If you have an elite QB and a good oline everything else on the offense should be plug and play to a point.