With the playoff games this weekend, it has been a chance for me to watch the premiere teams with as much interest as i typically do the 49ers. WOW, it is so obvious what these other teams are able to do that the 49ers didn't/couldn't do.
The point of this post is to discuss specifics about the differences you see in these teams performances - as an indicator of what we need to improve to become a "real" NFL caliber team. (please don't bother posting the obvious one line post "better coaching", "no alex smith at qb", etc.
Here are a couple of things that have jumped out at me during the games so far:
1. QBs looking off and moving coverages - it is painfully obvious that all these playoff teams QBs know how to look one way (and then sometimes even another way) to move coverages off their targets. The 49er QBs almost never did this. They kept their vision into one area of the field.
2. Interior OLine play - all of the teams I've seen so far are very good at controlling the Guard-Center-Guard space, whether is opening interior holes or setting the passing pocket. There is very little immediate pressure coming up the middle or outside until after at least 2-3 seconds.
3. Route combinations - it seems like the pass route combinations work better together. I can't count the number of times our offense ran several receivers into the same area, which just created a crowd of defenders.
4. Screen game - all the teams seem to have very effective screen games, and their "outlet" routes to RBs is simply a check down, but puts the RB in a place with a lot of space to run. It is almost like a hi-bred outlet/screen scheme.
All that said, it is clear that these other coaching staff a were just head and shoulders above ours in terms of scheme and game planning. To me, we really need to move our OL, WR, and RB coaching into the modern era. Harbaugh weeks like the right guy to do it.
What else are you guys noticing??