I'll tell you straight up, my friends. Guys that fit in Jimmy Raye's system:
Frank Gore is a perfect fit. Tough, gritty, runs hard, low, and fights for every inch.
Vernon Davis is a perfect fit. Blocks like a tackle. Creates huge mismatches.
I think Morgan and Crabtree are good fits as well. Not afraid to block, and run hard after the catch. Not afraid of contact.
The offensive line doesn't fit. It takes 3 to 5 road graders to make it work. The Center and Guards you bet your butt MUST be road graders for it to click like it can. And at one of the Tackles needs to be as well. We don't have that. I mean guys like Larry Allen, , Kevin Gogan types. Mean, nasty, stout, road graders. The system needs guys who can move defensive fronts backwards at the point of attack, and not rely on scheme. That's what we lack.
I think we have pretty good players now. I don't think the system fits the players we have.
That asks the age old question:
Do you aquire players that fit your philosophy, or adapt your philosophy to the players you have?
[ Edited by mississippi_sam on Nov 19, 2009 at 6:12 PM ]