Originally posted by Big_Daddy:
Originally posted by buck:
Make no mistake the combined receiving numbers for Boldin and Crabtree can be misleading.
SF was 11th in overall offense, 4th in rushing offense, 11th in scoring offense, and only 23rd in passing offense.
Without a doubt, the 49ers passing attack needs improvement. But, pretending that the team has made no effort to improve is inane,
In the past two years, the team has added Manningham and Boldin. The team's play at quarterback has improved greatly. t
edit: I forget to mention that Baalke and Harbaugh have literally reconstructed our offensive line. Davis, Iupati, Boone, and Goodwin. 4/5 of the offensive line, are the Baalke/Harbaugh additions. And yes, the offensive line does have just a little to do with the passing game.
If you look at Baalke and Harbaugh's efforts to improve our passing solely through Jenkins-tinted-lenses, you vision is going to be substantially blurred.
At the same time, the list of top receiving tandems can be misleading.
Atlanta, which has the top wide receiver duo, was only 6th in passing offense.
Three of the top passing offense, Dallas at 3rd, New England at 4th, Denver at 5th, were not on the list of top five wide receiver tandems.
The Giants, 3rd on the top tandems list, was only 12th in passing offense and the Steelers, 5th on the list were 14th in passing offense.
I think the frustration comes from fans becoming more involved in the entire team process. How many fans get involved with mock drafts/college players every year? Way more than there used to be. SO--- when WR becomes a glaring team need, and the team makes no concerted efforts to improve this (with high picks of known quantities) then fans get upset...
case in point--- everyone mocked Ruben Randle to us 2 years ago because it was a need and he was slotted to go low 1 high 2... and we all know what happened... Randle is playing well and AJ cant stay on his feet...
I'm more into fixing it with volume. Kinda like when we picked Iupati and Davis in the first.... lets pick 2-3 WRs every damn year until someone sticks!!!
Very well said !! No doubt you fully understand our psyche and where we are coming from. It is exactly like the example you cited on Randle that upsets the fans. To say we know nothing just because we are lowly fans even when our speculations and concerns become reality is simply an insult.
I totally agree with you on the "volume approach" given our current hit rate on wideouts are so low makes perfect sense. I would say, a 1st rounder followed by a couple of mid to low rounders would be the way to go until we can resolve the recurring issues we face with the receiving corps. Last year we had the same conversation and now we are still having that same conversation, at some point it has to become tired.