Ok, so it seems like we are stuck with Moran Norris for at least one more season. Nasty, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. The image that will forever be stuck in my mind's eye when I think about Norris is the semi-high pass from Alex last season where Norris couldn't, for the life of him, reach his hands over his shoulder pads to catch the sure touchdown. The next thing I think about is that, in my recollection, every time he touched the ball in the backfield on a fullback plunge he ended up staying in the backfield. The stats back this up, by the way, as his stat line from last season was 3 carries for exactly 0 yards. This stat includes a long run of 1 yard.
I know that I'm not the only one who can't figure out why the team has continually stuck with him, either. In fact, for the last two seasons, it would be a tough task to find many positive comments from anyone on this blog about him. Last season, we cut Britt Miller in favor of keeping the old truck. I couldn't understand why then, and I am still scratching my head about that one. Then, this season, we find a gem of an athlete in Bruce Miller (not related to Britt) who can lift his hands above his head as well as plant defenders firmly on their behinds and he can catch the ball to boot. Yet Norris remains. He has become like the pesky booger that you can feel deep inside the crevice of your nostril but can never get out because it has become a part of your nose.
The only thing that I can conclude from this is that we must all be missing something. It was easy to criticize keeping him last season because Singletary was such a primitive coach who thought that he could convince the team that they were superheroes and simply run over everyone whenever we wanted to. So, when the cuts came around again this season and I still saw the Booger stuck on the roster, I had to scratch my head and wonder.
We all trust Harbaugh, right? I mean, he turned
San Diego State USD into a competitive team in relatively short order and we all know what kind of job he did to make Stanford a national contender. He has a penchant for making quarterbacks better when they are with him than they are without him. I know that not all of us here are as sold on Trent Baalke, but you have to give him some credit after the great job he did in this year's draft as well as surprising all of us with the moves in free agency. Aldon Smith is beginning to look like the next Julius Peppers type pass rusher, and NOBODY saw that pick coming.
So, what do they see in Norris that we don't?