Good morning. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and got what they wanted from Santa and all of that. I spent the day at my in-laws (not as bad as what word in-laws implies) and it was sunny and about 75 degrees. Which is actually on the colder side for Christmas, here.
It's Boxing Day, today in Australia. Everyone watches cricket and nobody knows what the day means. There's not a lot of news, seeing as I'm covering stories from Christmas. I'm going to keep it short and sweet, and treat it sorta like a day off. And seeing how bad the game was on Sunday night against the Seahawks...I don't really want to read much of it.
One thought I keep having is I wish A.J. Jenkins had been playing. I know you want your best team possible active, but I feel like I'd be a lot less worried about or receiving position going into Week 17, and the playoff for that matter, if Jenkins had logged some sort of serious action before. I feel like our wide receiving corp reminds me too much of last season's season-ending debacle to really be comfortable.
We've got Michael Crabtree, who's become a No. 1 receiver. After that it's Randy Moss, A.J. Jenkins and Ted Ginn Jr., who shouldn't be logging any minutes at receiver, except in emergencies, the way he's played. The last two have zero and two catches on the year.
The most obvious option is to have Vernon Davis (if he plays) and Delanie Walker step up. If either of those two plays well in a game, we generally do well. Or, as I've heard many people on the site suggest, maybe we can throw some more screens to LaMichael James. Did we not draft him to be a Darren Sproles-type?
I think we have enough weapons in the passing game (assuming nobody else goes down injured) if we use them correctly. It may require the coaches to broaden the playbook a bit. It's not that the playcalling lacks creativity, but it is hard-headed at times. We've got a game against Arizona, that while winning is the priority, working to integrate some new parts into the passing game should also be a priority, as I actually believe it has more of a bearing on our chances at winning a Super Bowl, than securing the No. 3 seed does.
To the links...
Colin Kaepernick's training includes owning up (SF Gate)
Colin Kaepernick from Sunday night: 13 points, 16 questions, 187 words (Kawakami)
MMXII: The year of WWL (49erswebzone)
Randy Moss needs to compensate for Mario Manningham's exit (Inman)
Could we see Alex Smith on Sunday (CSN Bay Area)
Jim Harbaugh calls "salute" a fabrication (SF Gate)
Report: 49ers' Vernon Davis will likely play vs Arizona (Yahoo!)
Manningham out: Assessing 49ers' targets (Sando)
NFC West stock watch (Sando)
49ers vs Seahawks rewind: Five things we learned (Gin)
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