Originally posted by craigyboy:I agree with your main point but disagree on play design. The actual plays being called now are very different than when Jimmy Raye was running the offense. Raye rarely used 3 receiver sets and rarely ran anybody deep. Now Johnson is using multiple receivers often and using one deep to try to clear space for underneath routes or to get open deep. Raye hardly ever even attempted that and when he did, it was only a single receiver. As the receivers become more adjusted to the nuances of the Johnson stuff, I expect the offense to get even better with a continuation of the deep balls that having been working so well.Originally posted by jonr422000:
Remember our receivers made so great catches, and lady luck was on our side on a couple of passes Walkers TD Catch for 1
these are the same wr's that alex had but the main differnce is that 1. he doesn't turbo-checkdown and takes the downfiled shots and 2. puts the ball where the receiver can get it.
he still has a lot to prove - namely consistency. but nate had his shot in exhibition and failed. maybe later if he continues to grow but for right now i think we're better off bankin on troy.
Even running plays are very different. For example, look at the first two plays in OT Sunday. The 49ers had become known for running behind Iupati and teams began to just follow him to get to Frank. So the first play Johnson had Iupati pull to the right and tossed it wide LEFT to Gore who picked up a big gain - the misdirection had the Rams totally fooled. The very next play, Johnson crossed them up again by pulling Iupati to the left and tossed left as well. The OLB for the Rams hesitated on the pulling action because he had been fooled the last time and Gore picked up 6 or 7 yards on that play. Not only were those plays not in Raye's playbook but he NEVER seemed to sequence plays like that built on on another.
[ Edited by dj43 on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:28:08 ]