Originally posted by NinerGM:
Originally posted by AKfanster:
Originally posted by backontop:
why not a play action on the first play of the game and take it deep to Morgan or Davis.
Why not just hit Davis over the middle? If the D is gonna clog the middle with run blitzes, throw the ball to where the blitzing defender WAS. Same with stacking the box with 8 or 9 defenders, attack the weak portion of the defense.
Raye needs to start making defenses pay for commiting to play the run. Pretty sure the league is on to his few plays he calls EVERY FREAKIN GAME. Draw, counter, screen, repeat.
However, the O-line is gonna need to block someone in order for that to happen. And so far this season, that hasn't worked out so well
The problem is where the pressure is coming from and Ceaddarman is wrong about his analysis regarding the OL. You can work on a 3-second offense but that dictates, especially with the talent we have at WR, just what routes will be open. Our offense is "taking what the defense gives" instead of "attacking the defense". And you simply can't attack a D without better blocking (run or pass).
So what's happening is:
Team are seeing on film that they can be affective by applying pressure to the OGs - Atlanta watched the Rams to see what they were trying to do but didn't have the personnel to pull it off. 8 man run-blitz just in case we try to pass from a 2 TE set. OG are giving up serious penetration to the DL in the run and are incapable consistent pass-protection. Defense are learning in passing situations, just play man against the 49ers and put and force Davis to alter his routes because he and Hill haven't learned how to adjust (or Raye isn't adjusting the call).
OGs can't sustain blocks beyond 3 seconds which means the WRs are also not getting enough time to get open. Hill's passes are usually udnerthrown because he's throwing the ball well before the receiver is open in anticipation of blocking breakdowns. When he has time, you get his passes to VD for long gains or TDs. The beating is taking a toll because he's no long looking down-field and dumping everything short.
They can't run.
They can't pass.
I totally agree with you it all starts up front.
I agree with you. But the reason the 49ers can't do either is more of their own doing than what defenses are being thrown at them. The O-line play has been terrible, but if it were as atrocious as some are describing, Hill would never be able to get a pass off.
Mixing it up a little bit more would spread the defense out more, allow our passing game to establish an actual rhythm by design as opposed to being forced to (in 3rd and long situations or playing from behind), and will in turn allow our running game to open up.
They have a week to look at film to analyze what defenses are doing against us. Hopefully a shift in philosophy will come as a result of that. In todays NFL, you have to outsmart your opponents. Outhitting them isn't enough, especially when your offense doesn't hit that hard.
I think instead of openly declaring we are going to be this smashed mouth, run the ball down your throat team, we need to find out what we do well on offense, what our bread and butter plays will be. Plays that when called upon, we can out execute any team, regardless of what is being called. At this point, we don't know. We don't have our line from 2006, so simply running down hill isn't going to cut it.
I'm confident that at the bare minimum, we will not come out executing the same tired plays for the remainder of the season. SIngletary may be a rookie HC and it definitely shows, but he has shown over his first 14 games that he is very willing to make changes if something isn't working.