Originally posted by fryet:
Reasons it can be better:
- Kaep has more time to develop his skills
- OL is young and hasn't peaked yet
- Our new backup TE certainly can't drop more passes than Delanie
Reasons it can be worse:
- best receiver is on IR
- the rest of the receivers are aging, unproven, or coming off of injury
- Frank Gore is a year older
- Our new backup TE is a rookie and may not block as well as Delanie
Agreed. We averaged about 29 points a game the past 10 games including post season (and 24 prior). That would put us 3rd (464 PF) behind New England (557) and Denver (481) and slightly ahead of New Orleans (461). So we should be realistically, in the top 5 offenses of the NFL with a few stinkers thrown in there from time to time (Seattle, Rams, Giants, Vikings, etc.).
- We'll see a more "diverse" offense this year with hopefully some outlets and better progression reading vs. the one-receiver-option offense we saw last year.
- Hunter is a dynamic runner at destroying teams on the perimeter - With him back to full strength, it absolutely opens up the inside game for Gore. With James, he can be used in the Sproles-fashion in a variety of formations, mostly from the Q.
- Roman is the key again - We have a TON of talent and a number of weapons. Can he game plan better to start games, avoid the W-W-L formula, can he get everyone (esp. the playmakers) involved, make in-game adjustments better, half time adjustments, etc.
- Weapons - get them the damn ball early and often! - B.J. Daniels, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter/LaMichael James, Bruce Miller/Alex Debniak, X = A.J. Jenkins/Ricardo Lockette Y = Quinton Patton/Kyle Williams Z = Anquan Boldin plus Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald and MarQueis Gray (H-back)
- Deep threat - do we have one? Last year our offense was predicated on the deep threat clearing 2 DB's out for guys underneath (Crabtree/Manningham). If we can't establish one with Lockette, AJ or perhaps, Marlon Moore, DB's will creep closer and closer to the LOS. In this case, we'll see more between-the-hash-mark formations with both VD and McDonald on the field at the same time and more ground-and-pound with Gore inside and Hunter/James outside. Boldin would be our go-to WR and he may even be lined up in the slot on 3rd downs.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jun 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM ]