Originally posted by PTulini:
Originally posted by FredFlintstone:
i just dont the same bs raye pulled when we played in gb last yr where in the 1st half alex had like a total of 6 yds or whatever passing and we were down big time. then he decides to open it up and we lose a close gm because of that bs 1st half
This kind of reminds me of what the great Bill Walsh once said, (in regards to using the run to setup the pass vs. using the pass to setup the run) I'm paraphrasing... "If you try to force the running game, you may be down 2 or 3 touchdowns. Then, you're fightin an uphill battle and you may come up short in the end." Please correct me if I'm wrong. I heard Bill say something like that from an interview used for "TOP 10: Football Myths."
In his day, Bill Walsh would use screen passes and flares to the RB, which had the same effect as running the football. Then, when it was time to close out the game we could run the ball. I hope Jimmy Raye will use a similar principal with our combination of Frank Gore and Brian Westbrook.
Eh, it's just philosophy. Pass first or run first? Doesn't matter which one you do.
If you run the ball first, and you run the ball well while mixing in some play action and the occasional downfield throw, then you'll control the clock. It's nice too because you can wear down the defense. But you run the risk of being stopped and falling behind. From there, you end up having to pass your way back into the game, which is probably something you're not good at.
If you pass the ball first, then you attack all parts of the field, and can really have effective draw and delay type runs. Also, runningbacks are more effective out of the flats. But you run the risk of having a lot of turnovers or getting involved in a shootout with the other team.
It's just balance. Good offensive coordinators know how to balance the playcalling. That's what I didn't like about Raye's offense last year. So often, we ran on 1st and 2nd down, ending up with 3rd and 7+. Please pass the ball a little earlier in the game. Don't wait until the second half when we're down by 2+ TDs.
But also, don't make Alex Smith throw the ball 20+ times in the first half either. Very few QBs can run an offense like that... Peyton, Brees, maybe Brady, and arguably 1 or 2 other QBs can pass the ball so much, and consistently carry offenses like that.