May 25th –
Michael Crabtree has suffered a minimum 6 month Achilles injury. Since the 49ers have secured Anquan Boldin this offseason talk of Crabtree’s injury has not been as magnified. However true followers of the 49ers will tell you that this is a huge loss. Probably the most significant loss that will be felt is Crabtree’s big play ability and chemistry with Colin Kaepernick. In their recent playoff games Crabtree has made more than a few exceptional grabs putting the 49ers in position to win. Now while Anquan Boldin can provide the same he will not be as versatile as Crabtree was at the wide receiver position. Crabtree is faster than Anquan Boldin and can make things happen in more areas of the field. Boldin and Crabtree would be good complements because Boldin is the big physical wide receiver teams are looking for while Crabtree can almost do it all at the wide receiver position. In no way is this taking away from how good Anquan Boldin or Vernon Davis are but Crabtree’s injury will be felt by the entire team and could result in a less productive offense. One also has to look at the running game as well now that Frank Gore is getting older. In my opinion Crabtrees loss is significant and although I believe Jim Harbough will still have success I believe that the offense will be less productive and the 49ers may lose a couple of close games that they may not normally lose.