HOW THEY RUN
Seven seasons, seven different coordinators. Is there really anything else you want to know about the 49ers' offense? Let's start with Jimmy Raye, the current man charged with developing a run-first scheme that uses—but not abuses—Frank Gore. In this decade all but two Raye-run offenses have ranked 19th or worse in rushing. Draft Day 2009 also provides a glimpse into the Niners' new offense, and it's not good for Gore, whose rushing yardage and workload have decreased in each of the past two seasons. Third-round pick Glen Coffee, a 1,300-yard runner at Alabama last year, will siphon off more of Gore's carries. And we can certainly expect a slight shift toward the passing game given the addition of first-round pick Michael Crabtree.
HOW THEY PASS
Crabtree is expected to fill the gaping hole at No. 1 receiver. In three of the last five years, the 49ers' leader in receptions has been a running back or a tight end; the '08 leader, Isaac Bruce, is on the brink of retirement. But Crabtree is only half of the equation. Who gets him the ball? Not even coach Mike Singletary knows yet. Between Alex Smith's shoulder injuries and some all-around indecisiveness, there's been little rhythm in the Bay. If you even think about a Niners quarterback, take him (preferably Shaun Hill) in the last round of your draft. Let him chill on the bench, and if Singletary swaps starters, then get out of San Francisco for good.
Given the situation he has walked into, Crabtree may wind up as another Bay Area bust like Darren McFadden and JaMarcus Russell before him. Coffee could surprise, and tight end Vernon Davis is due for a solid year, but as long as that's the consensus, he'll be hard to land for value.