Originally posted by Empire49:
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Lets see, lots of depth to guard, and we can't seem to get a decent WR in the draft….If I have to chose it is not even a question, Crabtree. Even though Iupati is once in a decade kind of player, I think we can live with out him. He is a great pass blocker and one of the best power run blockers I've ever seen. He complements Frank Gore perfectly, but Frank does not have a long a career in front of him. With our speedy back field , we need a pulling guard, a more athletic guard who can seal the edge, trap, and kick out. If Latimore is a slashing cut back runner with speed to find the edge, then Frank and Iupati could both go in a cap saving move, and we will be fine, if not more dynamic on offense.
1. Iupati is most certainly not a great pass blocker. He is a liability in pass protection.
2. Speedy backfield? Really? LaMichael James is the only speedy RB on the roster and we NEVER use him. Gore has never been speedy. Dixon isn't even close to being speedy. Hunter is quick, but far from FAST. And Lattimore is not a speed back, either. Kap is the only fast runner we use.
There is no speedy backfield.
Yes, speedy backfield, we have two players who can press the edge in the running game. Hunter, and LMJ are speedy, not blazing fast, not lighting quick, but speedy to be sure, both able to turn the corner with the right blocking. I think our run game suffers from slow guards, our guards never seem to kick out or seal the edge the few times we even attempt to run outside.
Harbaugh has talked about having a "home run hitting" run game, guys who can score from anywhere on the field, that's not Frank Gore. Frank is at the end of his career, and big slow power blockers may not be in Harbaugh plans. I haven't really seen if Latimore, or Hampton can press the edge. I think Davis and Iupati are tremendous power run blockers, but could be replaced by Loony, and Boone. I am thinking of a line that looks like, Staley, Snyder, Kilgore, Looney, and Boone. Snyder being the weak link, and possibly the back up to a rookie, or current practice squad player would take his spot.
Not worried about pass blocking improving, or dropping off. More picks, rubs, and three step drop slants, and outs to our big bodied, RAC focused receivers. Lat os of lateral stretch and toss plays out of the backfield, and a running QB will wear down most any defense. Get me one long striding WR in the draft, and true fullback who can run, and catch, and I would be confident in having a top 10 offense, to put on the field with our top 10 defense.