New 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson wants to get the ball to his explosive players more.
is get the ball to the players on our offense that can make plays, to
utilize the talent and potential we have here as an offense.
Teams have somewhat taken away the vertical plays down the middle to Vernon Davis, so that’s one focus. But we assume one of Johnson’s first task is to fix the connection between Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree.
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has some eye-opening numbers. On 19 pass attempts to Crabtree this year, Alex Smith has six completions for 81 yards and four interceptions.
Yep, opponents are almost as likely to catch a pass to Crabtree as Crabtree is. Smith’s numbers to every other receiver on the team are solid. Maybe Crabtree should actually play a little football next August.
We’ll close with a quote from Johnson we just couldn’t ignore, describing what the difference will be between his offense and Jimmy Raye’s.
wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an
offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they
look totally different.“