Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by Wu-5Rings:
Keap is not the problem... Lack of receiver help is.... Hopefully Manningham and Crabtree can help him out ASAP
Agreed, CK is not the problem. The type of passing offense we have IS. We do not have a QB-reliant offense like in NE, Denver, NO or GB where no-name WR's off the bench have become legit WR weapons in their offenses. Nobody on SF is going to ask that of CK nor is it even fundamentally built into our offense or offensive philosophy. We'll rely on the pass only if we have to but we'll never be a WCO or Spread-type offense that relies on multiple receiving threats/options, route trees, progression reads, constant pre-snaps audibles, etc. The passing game is merely here to compliment the running game and that too can be a winning formula in today's game. "Game managers" in CK (getting there), Alex, Wilson, etc. are what, 23-3 right now? What's funny about all three of these offenses is that SF, Seattle & KC are completely different from each other but as a team, employ the same winning TEAN formula: Excellent defenses, TO's, TOP, great running games, good ST and pass for around 200 a game (but efficient).
Every player has its strengths and weaknesses. I'm fine with CKs. He may not be a multi-read, zone shredding QB, but what he does bring to the field is excellent 3rd down conversion provided a the running game is sufficient. As long as he can beat a 1-1 match-up, then I'm happy.
Now I know that may be a problem against a team with great CBs (like Seattle). That's fine, you have to unleash some RB out of the backfiled type passing plays. I expect LMJ to re-emerge as Weapon X toward the end of the season and help stomp Seattle when they arrive. Many will use the Seattle template. Good luck. With addition of Manningham to Boldin, I expect options to be a bit more available.