Originally posted by 49er4life:
I think a lot of people forget that during the preseason it is very common not to show your blitz packages!
If you show them during the preseason you give your regular season opponents the upper hand early. This is one of the reason Nolan is an idiot, throwing all of his blitz packages at us in the first game is only going to hurt them in the regular season.
While I agree that pre-season is a time to work on certain aspects of coverages, packages, etc. let's be clear that Singletary was NOT happy with our non-existent pass rush. No matter how vanilla the scheme is, our men should still be beating their men with one-on-one battles. Period.
We are NOT a dominant 3-4 or 4-6 defense that has played together for years and will be adding some new wrinkles and we don't want to show-our-hand, so to speak. I just don't buy this theory at all. We are a 7-9 team that desperately needs to improve a pass rush that has not existed for over 6 years now and we need to be working on it every chance we get.
And case-in-point, it doesn't MATTER if the rest of the league does see your hand if you are a good defense b/c there won't be anything they can do about it. It's no different then when a defense KNOWS you're a dominant power running team and still, there is nothing they can do to stop it. Our first pre-season game, we clearly tried to establish a dominant running game with Coffee...should we not have done that for fear of showing our hand in the regular season? I don't think so!