Next on the operating table is Moran Norris. Some might say, “Who cares about him?” Or something similarly disdainful, perhaps more graphically expressed.

But Norris is indeed worthy of discussion in this series of scathing frowning critiques of the 49ers. Frank Gore loves him. Mike Singletary and Jimmy Raye probably love him. I wouldn’t bet against, shudder, Tom Rathman liking him, too. And that’s the problem. I can’t think of a single fan who wants this guy on the team, but he’s quite likely to be on it anyway. And on the field during games.

If he is, IMHO, we’re wasting a roster spot and purposefully dulling the possibilities of the dynamic offense that seems available with the stable of WRs that will be on the roster. Some of these talents will not be used, simply to get Norris on the field to bang heads more or less helpfully. He is becoming the grisly symbol of the SCO mentality that we have yet to see purged from the tender caresses of Singletary and Raye. The more he is on the field, the more we are telling our opponent that we do not harbor illusions of blowing his ass off the field and will instead try to beat him up and win by three effing points.

To exacerbate matters, Raye sometimes actually throws this clodhopper a swing pass or has him carry the football. It is supposed to shock opponents and gain three yards, which is the limit of Norris’ forward movement potential. The fact that actually using him as a weapon is considered a surprise maneuver simply underscores the point that he is generally a useless turkey. Not to be unreasonably gluttonous here, but personally I would prefer to shock opponents by throwing a pass to a 4th WR we stunningly inserted into the game once or twice a year.

I mean, we might very well have Dominique Zeigler, Jason Hill, Ted Ginn, and maybe Kyle Williams, all extensively tested during TC and pre-season, reduced to standing on the sidelines week after week not doing a damn thing while Norris is out there trying to knock a dent in the opponent’s front wall. When he is out there, the opponent is less nervous than he would be with one of our players who performs beyond the line of scrimmage, rather than almost entirely behind it, as Norris does.

Beyond having this one dimensional fellow actually on the field for significant minutes of the game is the psychological factor associated with the mentality of our coaches. I would put this responsibility on Singletary, not Raye. Raye seems capable of running any kind of offense the HC wants to run. He’s presided over passing teams and running teams. What he doesn’t have is the big time rep, like Mike Martz has, that is necessary to run whatever offensive scheme he damn well chooses to run.

So, in a sense, Norris is a Big Ass Clue what kind of offense we are going to run this year. If he is only on the field when it is fourth and one and here we come right behind Mike Iupati for that in your face yard and an inch, then fine. No problemo. But if he is a standard part of the base offense, this team will not be scary good. It will be setting its scoreboard sights low. It will never shift into 4th gear. It will indicate Singletary does not trust the offense to discover its own identity. It means he will again be forcing an identity upon them. Perhaps the old linebacker head knows what’s best. Or perhaps he’s just stubborn and unwilling to give to his team what he demands from them: having faith. Believing in his players as much as they believe in him.

Will Norris cost us any games this year? No one will ever know. Will he significantly help us win any games this year? Hmmmmmmm.

Below, some highlights from the SCO offense in its early, developmental years.


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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m going back to the last thread with this ! people have been saying smith is going to have a break out year for some time now ! it kind of reminds me of vernon davis when prdictions kept coming of when he’s put up a pro bowl season !
    well with good coaching vernon made his pro-bowl and now (QB’s take a little while )we can hope smith is in for similar success !

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
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3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
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