For those of us who got to watch the second half of the Houston game, this move brings with it some hope.
Hope of an offense where more than two receivers are on the field.
Hope that passes will successfully travel more than ten yards down the field.
Hope that the offense will convert on third down!
Hope that Frank Gore won't be punished so much in the box.
Hope that the Niners can compete against real-live NFL teams.
I know I've changed my tune. Maybe I'm a bit bandwagon-esque. But how can you not like the visions of more of what we saw from Smith on Sunday?
Here the 49ers sit with seven receivers on the roster.
Michael Crabtree had what I thought was an amazing debut, that showed us not only how in shape he was, but how good his routes were, and mostly, how good his hands are!
If you go back and watch some of his receptions you'll see Crabtree pluck the ball out of the air with his fingers, his hands...the way it's supposed to be done.
Add to that the NFL's leader in touchdown receptions, the best tight end in the game Vernon Davis, who's complimented in two tight end formations by the capable Delanie Walker.
Oh and there's Frank Gore and Michael Robinson (remember him?). Both excellent pass catchers and blockers, not to mention Gore being an explosive runner and Robinson tough between the tackles.
What a thing of beauty to see three and four wide receivers in the game, the defense spread out, honoring the pass and staying out of the box.
I'm sure Frank Gore will be thankful to have less guys coming at him.
Wiley Isaac Bruce can still sit in a zone like none other and Josh Morgan is the definite X-Factor in the slot and on three and four receiver sets. Hey, perhaps we can get Brandon Jones involved I mean...while we're tossing the rock here.
So here's hoping on what's to come. Alex Smith is the guy, so let's get behind him.
I can't wait to see the offense take the field, which is saying something.