Originally posted by jreff22:
Originally posted by GoFD74:
Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
If we can get quality RT in the 2nd and 3rd rounds WHY haven't we done it???
I don't think we can. I say get the best RT or LT we can and be done with it. I think Staley owuld be an excellent RT. This has been going on for years. Fix the lines and everything else will get better. Running lanes will open up, more passes will be completed because of more time to throw and we'll win more games.
We get a very fast Spiller, who in my heart I'd love to have, and he still has no holes to run through and we're back to crying in our Chardonnay.
How can you say there aren't any holes to run in this offense? We're the 8th best team in the league in terms of rushing average (4.4 ypa), 10th in terms of rushes of more than 20 yards (12) and tied for 3rd in terms of rushes of more than 40 yards (4). So we may not pound the ball as well as we'd like, but this offense has shown the ability to break the long run on a pretty consistent basis. It's a big-play run game as opposed to a grind-it-out style.
The real problem is, we're last in rushing attempts...so it's not like we CAN'T rush the ball, we just don't rush the ball ENOUGH!
Gore doesn't have much by way of pure speed (never really has), but he seems to break enough long runs every year to keep most of us happy....can you imagine what a guy like Spiller, with his speed, could do???
The problem as I see it is were not consistent in rushing. By that I mean we fall flat for 12 plays then bust a good run, fall flat again, then bust a few more decent runs which inflates the numbers. I am all for Spiller (if Berry doesn't fall) but to be honest a new LG and RT are a must....and good depth at OG in case Chilo continues to suck next year.
I still hope Mankins finds his was to SF next year.
Plus, I really dont think you can count on the stats to say how good our run game was. 3 games with a rookie RB in the beginning of the season, plus a couple other games(Green Bay and Houston) when the run game was thrown out because the team went down 20 in the first half.
The Jags and Seahawks games were the two games that the coaching staff chose to stop running. The others were mostly dictated by the situations in the actual games.
The thing that IS clear as day, though, is that our RBs will run 3-4 times and either get dropped for a loss or just barely back to the LOS. Then out of nowhere Gore will break a huge run that all of a sudden pads the stats and seems to hide the weakness in the OL. Most of Gore's big games were not because he was gaining chunks of yardage on every play. They were mostly runs that were stuffed with an occassional break out run.
I think the line can get better, but I also think that one or two positions need to be looked at for an upgrade. Unfortunately, I think the easiest way to do that would be to get a guard in free agency, move Staley back to RT, and start Sims at LT. Staley's contract probably keeps the Niners from doing that though.