When the San Francisco 49ers signed the 35-year-old Randy Moss on March 12, they were serious about adding a productive wide receiver. Although Moss has not been the greatest locker room presence over the last few seasons, Jim Harbaugh is just the right guy to utilize and control his talented new receiver.
In order to gain the trust of an aging, controversial receiver like Moss, a coach must make the effort to seem in control and create a system that will play to the strengths of his team. From the start Harbaugh has implemented a team-first, ground-and-pound mentality but might need to change a few things now that he has a legitimate deep threat.
How did Harbaugh gain continuity with Moss? Harbaugh threw passes to him during a tryout in Santa Clara, completing every pass except one that was completely overthrown. The ultimate success or failure of this team will depend upon how Jim Harbaugh utilizes the deep-play ability of his new wide receiver, Randy Moss.