Originally posted by SofaKing:
Nice post Rascal. Pretty much nailed it.
I wouldn't consider benching Kap, not given the alternatives. I don't really think this is his fault anyways. The entire offense is set up for failure with this scheme and playcalling.
Harbaugh and Roman are largely responsible for this mess. They took the offense in this direction after falling in love with the pistol read-option. Time to scrap it and move back to the Stanford offense.
Baalke is responsible for the state of our WR core. Nothing he could have done about Crab and Manningham, that is obvious. But his miss on A.J. Jenkins was a killer. He was supposed to add that downfield speed element, and he completely blew that pick. Huge misstep in the short term.
We need to do something drastic at WR. Send KW to the bench, start Patton, activate and play Baldwin.
Work the phones for Kenny Britt...I bet he could be had for a 7th rounder. Lord knows Baalke has enough of those.
Thanks Sofaking. In short, this is a DEFCON 1 situation, is no longer enough for Harbaugh to come out and just gives the usual "we just didn't execute, we just have to play better" BS line for the media. Something will have to be done about this NOW !!
To me, Kap has something to do with this, at least more so in the Seattle game as there were open receivers.
In terms of schemes, I don't know whether it is just a simple isuue of running the Pistol cos frankly we have only run it just sparingly so far.
Even if we re-commit ourselves to the running game, we will still need to be able to throw. Right now, we can't, some of the blame goes to Kap and some to the receivers for not getting open.
So, yes Harbaugh and Roman need to sort their crap out with the schemes and playcalling.
Baalke needs to take a major blame in the state of our receiving corps and is way more than just picking AJ Jenkins too. He has been totally complacent in drafting WRs. He probably thought before the draft we were golden with Crab and Anquan. He totally discounted the effect of injuries. From 2011 onwards, he has only drafted 3 WRs, Ronald Johnson, AJ Jenkins and Quinton Patton. 2 of them are confirmed bad picks. Basically, he has neglected the importance of WRs. Our WR corps has never been a strong unit to begin with. We got away with it in 2011 and 2012 and now it has eventually come back to bite us in the rear end. When you have a weak WR corps and if you have such an embarrassing low hit rate, you just need to draft heavy on WRs until we can fix the issue. We have not drafted a receiver high for years nor have we drafted more than 1 wideout in a draft class. This is totally unacceptable !! Baalke is way overrated !! If we don't draft 2 high WR picks in this coming draft, say the likes of Jordan Matthews and Brandon Coleman for example, Baalke might as well pack up.
In the meantime, I agree with you, bench KW, activate Baldwin and keep playing Moore and Patton and see whether anyone can step up. Concurrently, start working out free agents and look into possible trades. Check out the likes of Josh Gordon, Kenny Britt and whoever else. What we can't do is wait for Mario and Crab to come back. You can't expect them to be 100% right away, plus by then it will be too late !!