Are the 49ers going for the spread offense?

Can the 49ers offense thrive under new offensive coordinator Michael Johnson? Our 49ers Blog Blitzer Eric Melendez might have summed it up best when he observed that the offense has no choice but to get better.

One of the reasons many feel that the 49ers could improve is that there will be an infusion of the spread offense. Johnson spent 2008 studying the spread offense. (And I need to ask, is this some kind of fellowship that anybody could sign up for, because it sounds fun.) QB Alex Smith thrived in the spread offense. WR Michael Crabtree thrived in the spread offense. Hey, this might be crazy enough to work, right?

Totally, because gimmicky offenses always work so well in the NFL.

We all remember how well Steve Spurrier‘s ‘Fun and Gun’ offense fared. Awesome for a week. And then defensive coordinators caught up to the offense the following week and the fun was over.

This situation in San Francisco should have a familiar ending. Johnson’s play-calling experience is an issue. And really, how much can be changed during the middle of the season? The 49ers coaches, led by Mike Singletary, seem to be in over their heads. My concern as a fantasy enthusiast is that the team might get too cute and start taking away value from Frank Gore.

I feel for many of you who invested in Vernon Davis and Crabtree, but call me a little skeptical to this latest move.

Adam Rank

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