Well, I think that Alex Smith and co. figured it out. Alex Smith looks sharp, Vernon Davis could possibly be the best tight end in football, and all of it can be traced back to one decision. What might that be, you ask?
It’s simple really. They have finally decided that it is time to stop trying to be someone that they’re not and open up the offense for Alex Smith.
But what makes me stop and wonder is, what took so long?
Were these coaches, who are paid millions of dollars a year to analyze what the best play-calling decisions for their team are, really blinded from what everyone else could see so plainly? Did they really think that the true, long-term identity of this team would be a run-oriented offense?
Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco has a solid running game, and Frank Gore is one of the top backs in the league, but this team is built to run the spread. This team has too many weapons to think otherwise.
There is, of course, the finally living up to potential Vernon Davis. Also, who can forget Micheal Crabtree? Isn’t it funny how quickly fans can forgive someone that they previously loathed when he begins to put up good numbers? Factor in Josh Morgan, and you have a group that has potential to be the top receiving group in a couple of years.
I also don’t want Alex Smith to get left out of this. This guy has God given talent. It just took a few years for us to realize that in the National Football League, that alone is not enough. It is my true belief that Peyton Manning himself could not have succeeded with the group that Smith originally inherited. Alex Smith still very well could be the franchise quarterback that this organization has been searching for since the retirement of Steve Young.
How was it missed that the offense sputtered during the first half of most games under the “running scheme” but when faced with a big deficit to overcome and the need to start airing it out, looked unstoppable? I can’t have been the only one that noticed this, can I? Did it really take Jimmy Raye that long to figure this out, or was he just too stubborn to switch things up?
I may never know the answers to some of these questions, but I can at least take solace in one thing: against the Jags at least, it appeared that a change was made in the right direction.