My guess is different than your guess eonblue.
What we both agree on is needing reliable receivers to get back to the SB.
But I like your response because it raises an interesting, "Which came first, the chicken or egg?" question.
Who is more important in the equation QB -> WR = victory. 3 possibilities:
A) QB is more important
B) WR is more important
C) Equally important
We can throw C out because great QBs win no matter who is receiving. Look at Brett Farve beating us in 2010 with a strike to the endzone with a minute to play and 2 49er DBs within 4' of the receiver. We were the better team by far that day, controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It was just Farve's ability to dare to throw into very tight windows that was the difference in that game, not a great receiver. Greg Jennings is a good receiver, at least a reliable receiver +, but not a great receiver. Farve is going to Canton.
With the same logic, I can throw out B. Is Reggie Wayne a 1000 yd/yr receiver for 4 years in a row, without Manning throwing to him? Naw.
And if there is any doubt, look at what happened to Denver's receivers last year with the acquisition of Manning. Now Eric Decker is a stud WR.
That leaves C. I remember late last season, Phil Simms commenting on a bullet Kaepernick threw down field. The window was small, 20+ yds downfield, but the ball arrived before the DB's could fully react. The WR was open just a little bit, but the ball was there before the DBs could turn. Simms, a connoisseur of QBs, portrayed that throw as "special". He went on to say everyone was commenting on Kaep's fabulous running ability, but what stood out for Simms was his throws. They were that good. Simms said:
"He may be the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL," Simms said. "His arm is not good, it's special. If you watch the San Francisco 49ers ever since he became quarterback, you see these throws every single week. It's not only the power. It's the accuracy. That's what has really startled me. He can throw it hard on a line, but his touch passes down the field have been spectacular … Forget the running, that arm alone is enough to make you a franchise quarterback."
Here is the link: http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/01/14/simms-on-kaepernick-that-arm-alone-is-enough-to-make-you-a-franchise-qb/
While Kaep hasn't played enough games to be considered great, his ability to do what Simms marvelled at will make average receivers look good, and good receivers look great. As proof, look at Crabtree's numbers with Smith and with Kaepernick last season. Crabtree's breakout came when Kaepernick threw to him.
Next season: "We'll Kaep you."
[ Edited by mebemused on Jun 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM ]