Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers: Can They Stretch the Field?

Ryan The Broker@@ryanthebrokerAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the San Francisco 49ers in action during their season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park on September 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The infamous living legend of Alex Smith continues.

Even though game one is done and sealed in victory, much of the 49ers' offense has been left to the imagination. In a opening week where 14 NFL quarterbacks threw for over 300+ yards, Niner fans yearn for similar results. 

The 49ers have a full arsenal. Plenty of weapons to attack and dismantle any defense. The right marksman outfitted in red and gold should be able to select any one of the weapons available and fire. If accurate, significant damage can be inflicted.

Captain Jim "come back" Harbaugh has yet to order a full-fledged attack. Is it out of fear of failure?Is it to protect his troops? Is it strategic deployment? Or is it just incompetence on the battlefield?

There are a lot of questions still out there. Maybe the biggest one is whether Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers can stretch the field.

If you watched any of the high-powered offenses this week, hopefully you noticed how most of the yards were acquired for these teams: a good throw down the field to a good receiver. "Throw it up and go get it." We have the receivers; it's time to let them shine like the gold on the helmet.

If you are like me, you are tired of watching the dink and dunk. Tired of the five-yard passes. Tired of the third-and-five runs. We want victory, yes. I will take it any way I can get it. But victory in today's NFL requires big-play offense. Beating Seattle is one thing. Beating a good team is another.

Hopefully Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers will stretch the field this weekend.

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On another note: This will be my last article, at least for awhile. My real estate business is picking up and I need to devote my energy to my clients. I am expanding and relocating back to the Bay Area this year. I am excited to be coming home, and my family and I will be attending every Niner game possible. Thank you to all my readers and to Bleacher Report. I find it fitting to end on my 49th article. See you at Candlestick!