As I gain perspective on the season, I'm a big Shanahan fan, but I think it's a damn shame RG3's already dealing with such major knee injuries.
I also believe his unique footwork and that unique sense of balance and light-on-his-feet ability is the key to his throwing power and accuracy, and I hope that won't be impacted long-term by the knee injuries.
Having said all that I'm still optimistic that RG will solve all these problems, bc of who he is, and how smart he is. But there's part of me that fears he just won't be durable enough to play the game in the ways that take advantage of all his unique abilities.
I also feel his unique abilities deserve a dominant OL, just to give them their best chance to make the impact I suspect they can. With all our needs throughout the team, I'd still focus continuing to build right there.
Also, Morris runs a dive on the zone read and and Robert would take it outside. Kaepernick and Wilson have both the dive and the jet sweep (running backs going off tackle as opposed to between guards) and then they pull out and run power up the middle. It's not a huge deal, but if you do that enough, you give the defense more confusing looks.
I think we'll be able to do more of this type of thing with Helu coming back (if healthy).
I also wouldn't call him a bust, unless you think he was bought in to be the number one guy, which he wasn't. In a run heavy offense he played catching 48 balls for 510 yards isn't shabby. Plus he got boned out of two touchdowns with a stupid "tripping" penalty versus the Giants and another one versus the Ravens where he clearly crossed the plain and was called out and we didn't challenge it for whatever reason.
He was 82nd in the league in receptions while being 84th in targets, and was 92nd in yards, and 94th in YPC. So he wasn't targeted all that much to begin with, but he slightly underperformed even after taking that into account.
I think it's best to reserve judgement on him until after this year, ideally with Garcon and Davis both healthy, so we can see what his role really will be in our offense when it's running on all cylinders and what his abilities ultimately are in that situation.
Granted, I'm a whole lot older than Robert, and I've waited tables and bartended for 27 years on this knee since the injury, (somebody's got to feed the world,haha), but I know I'm nowhere near as important as he is, and I want him back 100% for years to come.