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Michael Crabtree-Just call him Comboman. . .?



So I know we here at NN seem to have our opinions on Yahoo Sports, but I saw this article that is still pretty interesting and worthy of note. Doug Farrar in this article discusses how The Niners offense needs to catch up to the progression of the defense and how it can do that. He points out how Crabs' more successful plays have come on combo/slant routes, particularly on plays where he crosses routes with Josh Morgan and in effect crosses up the coverage. You can see the particular play Farrar mentions at 2:19 here (Tre9er posted this video not too long ago BTW) . There's also another example against The Cards at 5:01, and a third play at 5:56 that is not a crossing play, but is still a good example of the combo, or more likely, head fake philosophy that Crabs has seen success with. BTW, yeah, that's our own Will James defending in the last play. So I read this and I'm thinking that's all good, but I'm sure a lot of people will wonder what happens when defenses catch on to this scheme? Personally I don't think it's the scheme, it's moreso the execution of it. I think Crabs has definitely put to rest concerns going into his rookie year about his route running. Combo or not, cross or not, I think it's more than just a matter of the offense finding the right plays to make Crabs effective. It's also going to be a matter of him continuing to do just as well and even better in his route running. Take a look at the article and feel free to give your input. Is this going to be one of the main keys to get the offense where it needs to be? How exactly does Crabs become more of a factor this coming season? Only 52 more days till The Niners play again!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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