Originally posted by regulator530:
Boldin is a must sing going into the 2014 season for a couple of reasons.
1. If the Niners want to win it all Boldin is a great leader to the team a classy veteran who can mentor Kap going forward
2. He is physical and with the Hawks CB we need a guy like him to get of the line in press coverage
3. Niners suffer on third down and red zone plays he makes a great third down option
4. Great route runner great hands and great attitude make him an essential part to Kaps growth
We had him this past season for three games against Seattle and could do next to nothing with him. I like Boldin, but we need to change our approach to force Seattle to adjust what they do defensively against us. If they had to keep two safeties deep for example to account for a speedy receiver on the outside, with Crabtree opposite, and Boldin in the slot, we can create some mismatches in the passing game and also create more space for our backs to run. Defenders would be fearful of crowding the line of scrimmage because they could potentially be giving up a big place.
Originally posted by SaksV:
It really bugs me when people say Michael Crabtree is just a possession receiver. At full health, he's actually not that easy to catch. He's a quick guy, not necessarily blazing fast but he's nowhere near the slowness of Anquan Boldin. I'm at an awe when I see Boldin make catch after catch out there because he literally looks like he's slower than Anthony Dixon playing WR....for yearrrs.
I agree with the first sentence. Michael Crabtree pretty much eats up most defensive backs in the league. We just need to utilize our personnel better to give us better matchups. With that said, our offense nearly pulled it off with a D- effort in Seattle in the NFCCG so despite all the doom and gloom predictions, we aren't that far off. I think my own frustration is that I look at Seattle and if we took advantage of what we had on the roster right now, I think we should beat those guys 7 games out of 10.