Will Michael Crabtree be able to outshine Randy Moss?
The question of which receiver will have the better overall season is something that could certainly frighten a number of executives with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers ended up spending a lot of money when they drafted Michael Crabtee out of Texas Tech and in fact viewed him as a big part of their future.
Jim Harbaugh is one of those people who will demand a lot from his players. In my view if Randy Moss wants to leave a better legacy for himself the idea of showing Michael Crabtree the tricks of the trade will go a long way to rebuilding that reputation. Alex Smith will try to get both receivers the ball, make no mistake about that. Smith has already said it was like Christmas with all of the new weapons that the 49ers had given him in the offseason.
It would make sense to have Crabtree talk to a guy like Cris Carter because it may become true that instead of being a deep ball wide out Crabtree may be most valuable in between the hashes as some sort of possession wide out until he learns to run better deep routes. The numbers with Moss and Crabtree are not really comparable in any way if you look at their first two seasons in the league, but the 49ers are simply more committed to running the football. Brian Billick would sometimes just seemingly tell Randall Cunningham or Jeff George to just throw the ball up and Moss would be able to go get it seemingly with ease. As a matter of personal opinion, I think it is safe to say that Alex Smith does not possess the same kind of skill set that Randall Cunningham had.
Michael Crabtree should be able to find inspiration by working with Randy Moss. Moss should be willing to give out information and Crabtree should try to soak it up like a sponge. Ted Ginn Jr. who is known as a burner as well should be able to make a lot of progress. It would be interesting to see how well Moss could still do in a race against a guy like Ginn at age thirty five. Moss should work well with wide receivers coach John Morton. There are some very hard nosed coaches on that coaching staff like Jim Leavitt and Tom Rathman who should be able to motivate people at every position on the football team, not just at their specific skill position. The whole team can learn from a guy like Tom Rathman.