Originally posted by BigMar:
Our last offensive possession were we went 3 and out on 3 runs. That was the game, right there!
If the 9ers don't have enough faith in Shaun Hill to connect or try one freak'en pass on that series. Then something is very, very wrong somewhere.
Now the question becomes.... Is it Shaun Hill or the Coaches?
The 10,000 dollar question right there. Right now, I have to say it's the coaches and Raye in particular, without question, given Hill clearly demonstrated a high passing level last year under Martz. Raye is still learning about Hill and his capabilities and is trying to ensure we don't make the mistakes that we made under Martz and being too aggressive.
Without doubt though, Hill, three games in a row, when called on to pass, does very well and is very effecient. It's like the Barry Bonds effect - teams used to walk him all the time so to put up the numbers he did with 1/2 the opportunities other sluggers got is mind-boggling.
It's obvious it starts with Singletary b/c we see this conservative approcah with both Manusky (prevent) and Raye (predictable). Hill has made it very clear that he is being taught not to lose games and "manage" them.
The defense can hide the conservsative nature a little more b/c the players on defense have been in this system for a long time now and can take a few chances. Raye doesn't "feel" he has that luxury.
My question to Singletary is how can he preach punching people in the mouth and then playing not to lose when the game is on the line. He's making our players play tentatively and cautiously (Hill is the best example of that).
The other issue with Raye's vanilla offense is that now the injuries are pilling up and he's going to have to be FORCED to use Hill more (Singletary's strong statement that he doesn't want to have to be put in a position where Hill has to win the game for us - though it's been Hill three times now in the 4th Q who's had to do just that).
When it's telegraphed to the world the offense is completely reliant on Gore and that we'll only run it up the middle, it's super easy to tell if it's going to be a pass or run, defenses are making adjustments and playing on our side of the LOS and the injuries are pilling up b/c of it naturally and Hill is being forced to make split-second decisions and playing off his back foot.
I feel Hill and this offense are somehow succeeding INSPITE of Singletary's "play not to lose" philosphy and Raye's inability to have a feel for the game and game plan anything other then "vanilla."