Originally posted by Buchy:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Jakemall:
Our WR core is better than it was last year for the most part.
Boldin is a better WR than Crabtree (for now)
Williams is Williams
Patton and Moore are both better than anyone not named Crabtree or Manningham last year.
When Manningham and Crabtree get back we're going to have one of the best WR cores in the NFL. But we're still = or better to what we were last year and the year before.
It's not the WRs. We just need to get back to what we do, run the rock and then burn teams with the pass when they cheat up.
I agree, it is not the WR's. We are running a lot of shotgun and are getting very predictable. Colin needs to step it up a notch and make the correct reads. There were a couple of open looks but dude looks too unsure of himself right now.
We aren't even running the read-option no more. Teams are defending it well by loading that side so why not run a read option counter type of play?
Q has 2 working ankles so yes he is a better receiver than Crabtree right now. Moore has been invisible and he has no real history of production, he was a ST player at Miami.
Our WR core is NOT better than last season. Despite Moss taking a lot of plays off, he stretched the field and forced teams to account for him, opening up Crabs and MM. He could beat the man and press coverage and he could go deep.By your logic
Boldin = Crabtree
Manningham > Patton/Moore
However you forget DW played almost like a wide receiver on a lot of deep routes and Moss forced defenses to account for him. That's what people are missing is that DW and Moss could stretch the field and get open and therefore needed to be covered.
Both could make plays (well DW caught ~50% of passes thrown his way) and we are missing that. KW is not a deep threat if he can't beat the press, Boldin is slow and will be double teamed or against the best CB. We're lacking options and we're not being helped by the play calling, and to be fair it's the coaches where I lay most blame.
Boldin > Crabtree...not =. Maybe next year because Boldin is getting older...but even if Crabs was healthy, (if we're talking this year only) I'd take Boldin over him. Manningham is better than our #2 but our #3 and deeper is better than it has ever been. So #1 better now. #2 lesser now. #3+ better. All together means our core is better than it was.
We weren't talking about TEs...but Vance has looked pretty good so far. He brings some things to the table that Delanie didn't and visa versa. Not sure who's going to be the better player. The problem with Delanie was the drops.
Player assements aside, what you're missing is that 1. our WRs are getting open and Kaep is just not hitting them and 2. If the defenses are watching the read-option and the passing game, Gore should be able to tear it up. We need to get back to it.