Originally posted by crzy:
We'd be way better than 3-3 if he started the first five games.
What would have helped is if we werent so predictable on offense....When you state you want to run 60% of the time and teams are not afraid of matching up with you 1 on 1 on the outside you are not going to have success running the ball...go back over the games and you will find......
WK 1 - Arizona was putting 8-9 in the box and stuffing the running game. Raye opened up the offense a little in 2nd half and Hill played within his abilities to lead team to a win
WK 2 - Seattle too was putting 9 in the box. Combination of very good blocking and Gore making a few defenders miss led to Gore having 2 huge TD runs.
WK 3 - Vikings again were playing line of scrimmage aggressively. Gore was injured early Coffee replaced him and was running at a wall most of the day...Opened up the offense again with Hill hitting VD for 2 Td passes...Hill showed that he would have minimal errors and could lead the team to scoring drives against a very good D.
Wk 4- Rams got what they should when they play a good team. An Ass whoopin. However of the 35 pts scored 21 were by the D and ST....and hill compiled a mere 152 yards...
Wk 5 - Falcons started the eye opening process for myself. In this league you must be able to score points...Again 8-9 in the box with no respect for the niners passing game. Pretty much anything that could go wrong in this game went wrong. Hill was asked to throw the ball 38 times only completing 15 for 198 yds.
Hill had started to look frantic or nervous at times.
Wk 7 - Houston jumps out to early lead niners continue with their league leading 3 and out ways. Hills stats for the season including this game are 898 yards or a 150 ypg avg.....Michael Crabtree was paid the utmost respect by Houston as they mostly had their top cb line up on Crabtree who still led niner wrs with 5 for 56 and had himself a nice debut. Running game was again ineffective as houston put 8 in the box and hill's avg pass attempt was only 4.1 yards. Smith starts the 2nd half and pushes the ball down field more. Oline does not allow any sacks and gore starts to find holes to get some yardage. Whats impressive is Houston had to figure niners had to throw more yet team gave up zero sacks and was able to get the ball down the field. Smith finished with 206 yards passing 3tds and an avg attempt of 9.36
This offense is designed to have a qb who can push the ball down the field so that the D can not stack line with 8 or 9 and the bottom line is that even though Hill was winning games teams did not respect his ability to throw the ball so it rendered the running game mostly ineffective.