Originally posted by pete98146:I'm grounded in reality. I see us finishing no better than 9-7. Why? This team doesn't have enough players at the skilled postions ie WR and CB. We are relegated to pounding the rock with the running game. But this doesn't work without the threat of a passing game. You need to operate a balanced offense to win in the NFL and we do not have the receivers to get this accomplished. Other teams will simply load up the box to stop the run.
I wouldn't rush Crabtree back too early and I don't see Manningham has a huge improvement because he of mediocre speed even when healthy. We need a HUGE infusion of talent at WR.
We did fine with less weapons, a worse OL and Alex Smith at QB, using the running game to soften up opposing defenses in 2011. Why, all of a sudden, wouldn't this work with even better weapons, an improved OL, and improved knowledge in this system? How come the offense is suddenly struggling to score enough to win and keep the defense fresh? The only thing at has really changed is the QB.