Give Wilson A Chance
September 19 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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After watching the 49ers offense sputter through the first two games this season, I despite the protest otherwise by head coach Steve Mariucci, believe that the 49ers need to make a change. I知 not talking anything major, like benching Terrell Owens or Jeff Garcia. I知 not talking about changing the offense to a run and shoot style, or anything like that (though as I wrote this week, I do believe there is some room for innovation within the West Coast Offense). Rather I知 talking about giving Cedrick Wilson, the teams fourth receiver, who had a very good pre-season, a chance to make some plays.
Wilson is faster than Tai Streets, and more importantly gets better separation. He appears to be more dedicated to the game too - and so I can稚 help but wonder why, after giving Tai Streets so many opportunities, the 49ers are so stingy with Cedrick Wilson. There is little doubt in my mind, that he could be a valuable asset to the 49ers offense.
I知 not completely opposed to giving Tai Streets a chance in the starting offense either. As you likely have read by now, I fully support JJ Stokes. But if Wilson can get into a comfort zone with Garcia faster than Stokes, it would certainly be worth the try. I知 not saying this would be a permanent change, but it may be worth taking a look at for a half or even a full game.
The 49ers need to change something on offense. Getting Wilson more involved would certainly be a step in the right direction. There are other possibilities as well, but as it stand right now, Wilson seems to be wasted talent in this offense. The 49ers need to find a way to get in gear, the sooner they do that, the sooner fans and the rest of the NFL can begin to feel confident about the 49ers.