I haven't followed the Falcons that closely, but I did watch part of the Denver/Falcon game. In that game, the Falcon defense had Peyton Manning very confused. They would put 9 guys on the line of scrimmage, and just before the snap, some would back up, and others would rush. It made it impossible for Manning to predict where the rush was coming from, and he played rather poorly.
I can see this tactic causing big problems for Alex Smith as well. Alex Smith is very good at reading the defense before snapping the ball, and if you take that away, I could see him struggling. So I was thinking, how would I attack the Falcon defense? And what I think JH would do is do a lot of line shifts, and overload a side of the defense. Force the defense to react to the offense instead of trying to play games at the LOS. If the defense ignores the line shift, then the 49ers will have a numerical advantage to usually run the ball, and I would expect their run game to be very effective. Add to it that if you have 9 guys near the LOS, the RB will frequently break a long run, since there is no safety deep to make the tackle.
Does anyone else have thoughts on this matchup? Would you attack them in a different way? Do you think my solution wouldn't work (i.e. I shouldn't quit my day job. (: )?