Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers offense actually found a way to get worse.
Rivaling only the Chiefs as one of the most lackluster offenses this year (OK, and maybe the Colts), their newly-acquired wide receiver, Braylon Edwards will be out for three weeks following knee surgery. Which is the last thing San Fran fans wanted to hear. Not to say, he's Braylon has been lighting it up so far this year, but they need all the help they can get.
The already punchless offense lost another weapon and will be forced to rely on the underwhelming Ted Ginn Jr to fill his role.
So far, Ted Ginn has been providing half the team's touchdown from the special teams unit. But he's yet to show some of that spark when he's lined up at wideout.
On paper, this offense should be pretty good. Frank Gore is one of the best running backs in the league and Vernon Davis is a superhuman physical specimen who should shred defenses from the tight end position.
But Alex Smith has not been able to get their weapons the ball, and has continued to show that he can't get the ball deep downfield with much regularity, either.
But sometimes injuries like this can help a team make a correction. Instead of continuing to do the same thing that doesn't work, perhaps now someone will step up and take charge of an offense that desperately needs it.
With Michael Crabtree set to come back, maybe now is the time he finally lives up to his draft hype. If he does, then watch out.
Because the 49ers defense is good. If their offense actually pulle dtheir weight, this team could be dangerous come playoff time.