Some 49er fans (and a few beat writers) are skeptical that the team will open up the offense this coming season, spreading it out and running 3-wide formations abundantly. After all, Trent Baalke just drafted a couple more big, bruising O-line guys and a fullback sized running back, then tossed in a seventh round fullback pick to boot. Plus, OC Greg Roman has been accused, somewhat insensitively, of purchasing his offensive philosophy from a cave somewhere in Michigan.
Still, Baalke did work a trade for exceptional WR Stevie Johnson, who sports a fairly hefty contract, so you’d have to think he was insane or at great odds with HC Jim Harbaugh to not fully utilize what looks like the best group of wide receivers the 49ers have had since the late ’90s. And that means all three of them (Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin being the other two) on the field at the same time.
The offseason did not provide ringing endorsements for Quinton Patton, Dan Kilgore, Kendall Hunter, or Michael Wilhoite. Patton dropped from three to five on the WR depth chart, Kilgore was put on notice that he isn’t the long term answer at center, Hunter can’t possibly see his role increased this year, and Wilhoite might not get to start for the injured Navorro Bowman after all.
I’d have thrown Adam Snyder onto the endangered species list, but he’s been on that list since the day he was drafted. Nine years ago! If he makes the team yet again this year (doubtful with the addition of Jonathon Martin from Miami), he’ll have had a career as long as draft mate Frank Gore. If I was Kilgore or Joe Looney, I’d be taking notes from Adam.
Tough racket, this football shit. If you aren’t a super star, every offseason and draft is like a death watch.