Anquan Boldin has added firepower to 49ers’ passing offense
Boldin has more than replaced the production of Randy Moss, who lined up next to Michael Crabtree last postseason.
Bay Area News Group
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Pop quiz: Who was the 49ers’ starting receiver alongside Michael Crabtree last postseason?
(Drawing a blank. Tall guy? Was it Dwight Clark? Maybe J.J. Stokes?)
It shouldn’t be a stumper, but in many ways it is, because Anquan Boldin is in that spot now and seems like he has been there forever.
It certainly seems like Boldin should’ve been with the 49ers forever, because he came in a trade last offseason and has fit wonderfully into the hardy team culture.
So much that, as the 49ers head into Sunday’s mega-NFC Championship game against Seattle, Boldin has more than replaced Randy Moss in the 49ers’ offense beside Crabtree.
This season, Boldin carried much of the 49ers’ pass attack for the first 11 games while Crabtree rehabbed his Achilles injury.
Boldin had 85 receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns this regular season; last year, Moss had 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
Last postseason, Moss had seven catches for 112 yards in three games. Already this postseason, Boldin has 11 receptions for 174 yards.
Boldin, acquired for a sixth-round pick when the Ravens had to dump his salary, is not Moss — just about the opposite, actually.
And that’s why he fits in with the 49ers so well.
Boldin was shut down by Seattle in the teams’ first matchup this season — one catch, 7 yards — but he racked up six catches for 93 yards when the 49ers won the rematch in December (and when Crabtree was back in the lineup).
You know Boldin is a huge influence when the 49ers’ defensive players talk about him like he’s one of them.
“He has that toughness, that physicality,” safety Donte Whitner said. “Same guy that had his jaw broken and wires and stuff put in his jaw and he came back a couple weeks later (in 2008).
“He’s one of the toughest guys on this football team, one of the toughest guys in the National Football League.”
Jim Harbaugh’s wife Sarah called in to a local radio show Tuesday to discuss her husband’s fashion attire.
“I will not take the blame for his outfits,” Sarah said on an impromptu call-in to the show.
Since taking over as 49ers coach in 2011, Jim Harbaugh’s sideline and practice attire has consisted of a black sweatshirt, black cap and khaki pants whose pleats don’t have his wife’s endorsement.
“I’ve thrown them away many times,” Sarah said. “I’ve asked him: ‘Please, pleats are gone. Wear the flat front.’ He has a flattering body.”
He’s apparently so attached to those khakis that he found reinforcements while at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Said Sarah: “I threw them out and when he went to the combine, he found a Walmart. They were $8. $8!”
She’s come to terms that he can’t change his outfit at this point, that he won’t even get a new car or change other routines. But her husband apparently told her that next year he’ll make a change if she wants him to so badly.
“I said, ‘Next year would you please let me dress you, or let someone else?’
“ He agreed to that.”