Originally posted by TOP_CAT:
You do of course realize that the Niners are and have been all year more of a passing team than a running team,don't you? Look up the stats,we have passed more this year than run.
I don't get the confusion by so many fans about this,since we started out the season against the Cards by passing 58% of the plays and have continued every game to pass more than run.
Sing and Raye have said from day one that they wanted to be a well balanced attack (about 50-50) . Nothing has changed in their minds on this issue. Raye did pull the chain of the media by jokingly stating that he wanted to run 60 % of the time (he said it only once,but said many times he wanted to be 50-50,and besides,no team has run 60% of the time inthe modern era,and all observant fans knew this and laughed when Raye said his 60% joke). Raye was probably just laughing at the media because they always write that Raye and sing want to be a run,run,run,team,when they have only said from the start that they want to be well balanced and want to run when they need to run and pass when they need to pass.
Like sing said once again in his press conference yesterday,he has never wanted to be 3 yards and a cloud of dust.That has been an invention of some ignorant media types,that far too many fans have been sucked in by.
We pass the ball at the end of games because we are behind and we are desperate for points. Every game has been like that except for the Rams and Hawks games.
Also, when we have passed, much of it has been gimmicky little screens or short passes.
Look how we started the game against the Texans, it was supposed to be some kind of stupid pseudo 5 yard WR screen, which created a sack because of confusion.
At the end of the game there, we had 4 or 5 "pass catchers" spread out across the field. This gave Smith many more targets and put him in a rhythm. The Texans were probably drilled all week about how we never do this, so they were caught off guard by it. We should keep doing it until it consistently stops working (much like how our running game is now), then we can mix in the run when teams are finally convinced that we can throw the ball.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:28 AM ]