Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
Is this a problem with Hill or a problem with Raye.
I think the timidity from Hill is because the offense is so simplified and let's face it, he's just building a rapport with these receivers again. Other than Bruce, Morgan is a FT starter for the first time THIS season.
Simplified offenses make it easier on the QB, not harder. I think he is just too afraid to turn the ball over. As far as building a rapport with his receivers, this is the exact same bunch of guys he was throwing to last year, after 11 games he should be comfortable with them. Maybe he is having trouble being "the man" and just needs a little more time to get comfortable with himself. It is a big difference going from being the back up with no pressure to being the starter that is expected to deliver.
Good objective post Memphis! And you bring up good points about continuity with the WR's a simplified game plan and the pressures of being "the man" now. I'm sure they all factor in. I agree that I think he's afraid to turn the ball over too. But I think that's b/c he's being taught not too lose this year and won't take those chances this year where last year, he played with much more confidence and would make those throws without hesitation (and make them successfully). Despite playing with the same WR's I also think it's STILL a new offense and one he and the WR's need to learn and gain confidence in before they start clicking. Unfortunately, Raye IMHO, is either pushed by Singletary to stay vanilla, predictable and conservative or his offense are THAT much outdated. Given his average-at-best offenses over the years, it's hard to tell where the problem really lies.
Let's give 'em a few more weeks and see if we start looking like a more balanced and complete offense. If we continue to cave in pressure situations then we'll have a better idea where the problems lie; "we" being the operative word (Singletary, Raye, o-line, Hill, WR's, RB's, etc.).
If my hand was forced, today, I'd say the problem starts with Singletary's "play not to lose" preaching, Raye's outdated offense and his inability to feel for a game and lack of knowledge and confidence in Hill and the passing game and then Hill's confidence as a result of the aforementioned.
PS: The o-line is a HUGE problem too but I feel that is b/c of the predictability of the offensive play-calling that plays to the defenses advantage and results in zero running room (often times, negative), Hill running for his life and playing off his back foot and WR's losing confidence and concentration as a result.