Before the draft it seemed to me that Harbaugh's offense wanted to do the following:
- Use multiple TEs and heavy formations a lot
- Rarely use spread formations or more than 2 WRs
- Run often and largely between the tackles
- Throw largely high percentage, short passes, and get our big plays through misdirection and play action
That's what we did last year, and that's what I saw from Stanford when he was there (although I didn't watch very many Stanford games).
I assumed that was what Harbaugh was all about - that was "The Harbaugh Offense". Then we go and pick Jenkins and James, and I think it's hard to see the fit. When would these guys even see the field in that sort of scheme?
But maybe these selections are an indication that we'll be adding more 3 WR sets, and splitting James or Hunter out wide to become less predictable. Could this be something Harbaugh has always wanted to do but never had the personell for? He was only at Stanford long enough for one recruiting class, and he inherited Toby Gerhardt and a power attack. Maybe he's finally getting the right players to do some things he wanted to do all along. Maybe what we thought was "The Harbaugh Offense" was just a good coach adjusting his scheme to the strengths of the players he had. If so then I think we can expect him to continue to adjust to the different strengths of the newest niners.