Fooch's Note: Even if you don't count my well-known affinity for Andy Lee, this would still strike me as one of the best FanPosts in recent memory. I want to get more FanPosts on the front page to reflect the great work of this community, so here we go. As this post would infer, I do worry that Andy Lee might walk out on the 49ers in a huff one of these days. It is arguably the biggest concern for 49ers fans! Also, just a heads-up that we'll have an open thread for Monday Night Football in just a bit, particularly given the fact that the 49ers travel to Detroit this Sunday.
The 49ers are coming off of a great win today. Beating not only a team that wiped the floor with us last year but a team that is a legitimate playoff contender. We needed this win to solidify this team as the true contender they were after the awesome come from behind win last week that got us little praise compared to the blame put onto Philly. We are going into next week against a good team with hopefully enough momentum to win.
But this post is about one of the great veteran players on this team that didn't have quite the game we are so used to. Coming into. this game he was averaging 287 yards per game this year. Last year averaged 262.7 yds/game. He is tied with Gore and Justin Smith with 2 and is lead only by Patrick Willis in pro-bowl appearances. However today he may have had one of his worst games ever and no one seems to want to talk about it. He only had 38 yards on 9 touches. I am of course talking about #4.
Harbaugh is a great coach in all but we need to get all of our playmakers involved, like VD said. Under Singletary or any of our recent head coaches Lee has been able to thrive, but this new game plan and execution all but cuts him out. Im all for changing the direction of this team, I thought it was good to trade Mays if he wasn't going to be used anymore, but keeping Lee on the roster and underutilizing him like this is just wrong. The way Harbaugh is coaching this team you might think he is trying to get rid of the position all together.
Alex Smith has spent most his career undecided as to whether to let Lee play. When he was generous to Lee he would go three and out letting him get into the game. The other half of the time Alex would throw an int to keep him out of the game. Recently Alex has prevented Lee from playing in his primary role as much as possible (only one time this game), but has been letting Lee hold onto the ball for a second or two after he is done with it (8 times this game).
Some of the Lee haters out there can't stand it when he is in the game. Harbaugh and Alex seem to be in that group too. But I see him as an all time great 49er and one one of the best members of this team for over 7 years now, so forgive me if I am not so quick to kick him to the curb.