The last time the 49ers beat the Packers at Lambeau Field? You have to go all the way back to 1990. To break that streak, the 49ers will need a big day from quarterback Alex Smith and from a pair of neophyte receivers, Josh Morgan and Michael Crabtree. Mike Singletary reiterated today both his commitment to Smith and to Morgan, who will take over the starting receiver role from veteran Isaac Bruce.
Morgan is a guy with an abundance of athletic talent who just hasn't put everything together yet. When I asked Singletary about Morgan's development, he said, "I just want to see it happen faster. I want to see that with Josh Morgan and Michael Crabtree, they (defenses) have issues on both sides."
Morgan today heaped praise on Bruce for being a mentor on the field and what he described as "life coach." In college, Morgan played in an offensive system that didn't pay much attention to the passing offense. As a result, he admitted he arrived in the NFL behind most rookie receivers as far as route running. In that regard, Bruce has been the perfect mentor. "He's one of the best route runners to play the game," Morgan said. "He's real patient. He knows what he wants to do, and he sets them up a little bit. He's a technician." The word "technician" is perfect to describe what Morgan needs to become. Right now he's a raw athlete, who is being given seven games to master his skills.
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-- Matt Barrows