Originally posted by Pillbusta:I said this many times what Cosell said. I saw the Hawks emulate us to the T towards the middle of 2011. Pete saw what Jim was doing and he decided to follow suit. He took the ball out of Jackson's hands and put it in Lynch's then they proceeded to the draft to select players in the mold and mirror image of us in so many ways. Some of this happened due to having some of our former scouting personnel on deck but a lot of this was due to the success we were having and Pete took notice. Now this offseason they have decided to become more explosive offensively as we did last offseason. It is like they are 1 step behind us so that it is hard to truly get much separation from them. I almost thought for a moment that we would try and follow suit with their huge secondary but I am pleased that we stuck to what we do and that is win up front to aid our back end
Oh I think Carroll was modeling it before Harbaugh. I think he was trying to build a team like the Niners when he came to Seattle. One of the unfortunate things about living in King County is being subjected to Seattle radio. When Carroll got here, he made it clear that he wanted to run the ball and play tough, physical defense. Harbs was just able to implement what Carroll wanted before Carroll could do it. Harbs took what he knew was a great roster and didnt try to have Alex play outside of himself. We have been running the ball and playing tough defense since PWilly was drafted. If you think about it, that was Carroll's USC model, but Harbs was able to put it together faster.
You are correct though, teams have tried to emulate the Niners since the Walsh days. Think about the tree he created. If you look at the plays of the Holmgren Hags or Packers, you can see a bunch of plays that amount to a poor mans version of the Niners. It worked for both teams to some extent, but then they didn't have the roster.