A ringing endorsement of Alex Smith . . . from none other than Joe Montana. Funny, Joe here is saying what a lot of people have been saying all these years. It’s a tough row to hoe when you are in 3rd and 12 constantly and you don’t have any WRs getting open to throw the ball to. Fairly interesting is the mindset that Joe talks about. The whole ‘getting into the flow’ and being consistent was a staple of the Walsh years with Joe and Steve. Ball control, and move the chains. These are concepts that the West Coast Offense is built upon. This is what Harbaugh is trying to create with Alex Smith right now.
Yes, there were too many stalled drives. Yes, the 3rd down conversion rate stank. But last season was very abbreviated in Harbaugh being able to fully install his offense. I mean, it certainly was a lot more conservative in that 1st Seattle game than it was in the NO playoff game. And this was with little to no production out of the WRs. Davis WAS the passing game, for the most part. Crabs had a decent year, but he was rendered pointless in the playoffs. Whether by double teams or whatever, he seemed to fall back into old bad habits of not finishing routes, and never being aware of Smith in trouble and him trying to get free. I wish I could see game tapes of the playoff games, but the few glimpses into the secondary showed Crabs usually not looking for or helping his QB once plays broke down.
The new crop of WRs should help some, if not a lot. Mario Manningham isn’t the burner they need, but he’s big, and he has great hands. Crabs has officially gotten a fire lit under his ass. His time to really become what he thinks he is is now. AJ Jenkins should fill the speed burner role if he can catch on fast. He certainly can follow in the footsteps of a guy like DeSean Jackson, a small fast guy who made an immediate impact. The enigma Randy Moss? Well, everyone is saying great things about the guy, and so far, he’s gotten glowing practice results. I guess we have to wait and see what the regular season brings with him. I’m sure he doesn’t want his legacy to be crashing and burning with 4 teams (Tenn, Minn, NE, and now SF) on his way out of the league.