Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by valrod33:
The 49ers' Shaun Hill remained among the NFL's four highest-rated passers on third down even though San Francisco failed to convert any of its 11 opportunities during its Week 3 defeat at Minnesota.
Hill completed 5-of-8 passes for 32 yards on third down in that game. The 49ers needed 11.1 yards on average to get first downs on those plays.
Seattle's Seneca Wallace moved into the top five among NFL third-down passers after completing third-down passes of 11, 13, 16, 20 and 39 yards against the Bears. Wallace completed only 5 of 10 attempts on third down in the game. Julius Jones helped him out by exploiting poor Bears tackling for a 39-yard touchdown on a third-and-19 screen play.
Kurt Warner's third-down numbers have been weak so far this season, but no NFL passer with at least five attempts has fared worse than the Rams' Kyle Boller (2.8 rating on nine attempts).
That right there tells it all...it's all on Singletary's goal of being a smash mouth football team coupled with the VERY vanilla and predictable Raye and you constantly put Hill and this offense in horrible positions! Period.
Again, Hill and this offense seem to be successful INSPITE of our coaches and their vanilla philosphy!
Completely agree. Run it up the gut for 2 yards. Run it up the gut for -3 yards. Hill was then left trying to pick up 3rd and long on a pass, which often fell a yard or two short. Punt. Rinse and repeat until we start to fall behind, then rely on Hill when we need the points. Except for Gore's two long runs against the Hawks, the run game has been mostly ineffective.
Of course, the defense is stacking nine in the box and challenging the Niners to use Hill to beat them. Instead of adjusting, and therefore, forcing the defense to adjust, which could lead to success in the run game, the Niners continue to just pound there collective heads against the brick wall at the line of scrimage. Once the Niners can get opposing defenses looking for the pass instead of the run, the running game will start to take off. But they need more variety in the playcalling for that to happen.