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Jim Harbaugh Thread

Didn't know we should expect anything less than a Super Bowl win every year.





http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/38580/reflections-on-harbaughs-coaching-roots

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/tag/_/name/lindy-infante

Through four years at Michigan and seven more in the NFL, Jim Harbaugh had never seen anything like the offensive wrinkles his Indianapolis Colts were installing back in the 1990s. Coach Lindy Infante was teaching new and varied ways to read pass routes from a quarterback's perspective. The quarterback -- Harbaugh, in this case -- could take a three-step drop, survey his options to one side, then check out the other side on a five-step tempo, for example. It's routine stuff now, but it wasn't then. "I had never seen that before," Harbaugh said before the draft. "I didn't understand it." Harbaugh figured it out because that's what quarterbacks do. They adapt. They learn. They grow. With persistence and a little luck, they succeed. The San Francisco 49ers need all of the above from their newest quarterback.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/37279/kaepernick-a-qb-challenge-for-harbaugh




As much as Harbaugh is talked up as bringing the West Coast Offense "back" to the 49ers, the roots of his offense are with his former offensive coordinator and coach with the Colts, Lindy Infante. It is Infante's option-read passing system that Harbaugh has replicated at his various coaching stops, along with bits and pieces from various other coaches he was involved with, ranging from Bill Callahan, Marc Trestman, Marty Morhinweg, and others The essence of this offense has been its QB-friendly nature, quarterbacks such as Don Majkowski, Ken Anderson and Harbaugh had career years playing in infante's system. Infante's offensive tenets have as much or more sway in this system as Walsh's did and although they were quite varied systems, especially in their terminology, the effect often times was quite similar.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/124512283.html

"I realized it was my favorite offense when I played for Lindy Infante (1996-'97)," Harbaugh told the Sacramento Bee. "Different terminology than the West Coast, but it really was a West Coast offense. So that was a winning, proven system that I felt was the best system as a player and a coach."
I remember Lindy Infante from the Packers and then with the Colts. Very good, sound offensive mind, but unspectacular. Can put together an effective offense with very good to average players. Harbaugh isn't on the level of Infante. Both Infante and Harbaugh need a very good defense at their back because their offense isn't likely to be built with prolific passing attack.
[ Edited by qnnhan7 on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM ]
Last yr, and then this yr, until getting concussed , alex had an average of around 220 yds passing and going 13 for 19, the boxscore receptions looked something like this:
Vernon 3 receptions(before Kap)
Crabs 2
Frank 2
Kyle 1(before injury)
Moss 1(this yr only)
manningham 2 (this yr only)
Delanie 1
Miller 1

That was 9 guys , 10 in one game, catching passes. Initially i thot that was odd, but one game, Celek walked alone into EZ for a TD and nobody even covered him. Ah-ha. Coach was onto something. Also he stated that by keeping all guys involved in game, they would all be more apt to pay attn thruout. I liked it.

Alex gets a concussion (while laying on the ground, no less), and enter Kap.

Since then, Crabs has become kap's favorite target, but the only other balls basically get thrown at (not to) vernon, rarely frank may get one, and with luck, moss gets one. Yes, delanie gets several chances and maybe catches one of 3.
The new boxscore now looks like this:
Crabs 7
vernon 1
moss 1
frank 1
Delanie 1
james 1
Sure, every game is a bit different, but this is a good capsule summary of who catches what. This is not what you want your boxscore to look like. It also means, that crabs is going to get doubled...every play.

Gone are the days when we had 9 or 10 guys catching the ball. True, manningham, hunter and kyle are out. So that is only 7 potential receivers..ok, 8 with james. Celek, rarely sees the ball, vernon goes days without a reception, or even seeing a bad ball thrown his way, frank gets an occasional pass, moss still gets his one. Miller, very good receiver, rarely gets a pass, james SHOULD be getting some passes. Basically when you look at the boxscores, Kap is essentially completing to crabs and no one else. I can't believe this is what JH envisioned. I think it just ended up this way because either Kap can't throw a touch pass, or he can't hit vernon...or Roman made a decision to just have 1 basic receiver and that was crabs. That is hard to believe, yet.... we are back to last yr's playoffs when we had only vernon and crabs, and crabs got one pass for 3 yrds in two playoff games. Vernon ended up being the one and only target..

Fast forward to the present, and now crabs is the only target, the difference being, Kap doesn't throw to anybody else. Where are the passes to miller, frank, james, celek, delanie(ok,maybe not), and vernon? As we all have noticed, they just aren't there. I put that directly on our vastly over rated OC, who apparently has changed our gameplan to Al Davis's extremely unsuccessful, "Just go long baby". If this is the kind of krappy game plan roman brings tonite, Our HC needs to cut off roman's microphone, grab his playcalling chart, and call the game himself. In the last 5 games, roman has been awful(NE excepted), and the above boxscores show reasons why. Kap won't have time for a 5 stepper, let alone a 7 stepper, so we need to throw WCO dinks and dunks. It will get the Pack off the LOS, also, allowing frank to run. But i don't see roman doing any of this, and altho Coach H did shut roman up in the Rams and SEA game, in both games it was too late, by the time he started calling plays.Give me JH calling our plays anyday, and just let roman go coach Jacksonville. Good luck JAX.

Whether Coach H thot this thru and realized what the Kap change brot along with it, I don't know...but i sincerely doubt it. This would be a very good time for JH to sit roman down and say, "look bubba, we are throwing to all our guys, and we are throwing passes we can complete...ie 1-2 steps and sling it". If Coach H does that I can see us winning. If not, GB blows us out of the tub. I think the overall impression that Kap has the BIG ARM has contributed to this, but it is the wrong way to go if we want to win. Big arm or not, kap has to throw the 3-5 yrd completions for us to win, esp on 1st and 2nd down,, and he needs to complete them to a bunch of different guys.. Roman had a good yr LAST yr. This yr, I think his mind is somewhere else...say Jacksonville?
And everyone thats been questioning his move to switch to Kaep.

Congrats coach.

Congrats Kaep.

Congrats to our Niners.

A new era has BEGUN !!!!!!!!
Nah. Not really. It was a good game by Kap, but we didn't make the switch to get to the NFC title game. We made the switch to win it and then the Super Bowl.
Originally posted by TinyHandsBigHeart:
Nah. Not really. It was a good game by Kap, but we didn't make the switch to get to the NFC title game. We made the switch to win it and then the Super Bowl.


I thought you'd be hiding this week
Originally posted by TinyHandsBigHeart:
Nah. Not really. It was a good game by Kap, but we didn't make the switch to get to the NFC title game. We made the switch to win it and then the Super Bowl.

Lets hope so. But with that said Kaep could become great if he can continue to learn and play like that. He is literally the hardest QB in the league to account for when he is on.
Hopefully all the "Harbozo" posts stop lol
Originally posted by HudsonValley:
I thought you'd be hiding this week

I have nothing to hide from.
Originally posted by TinyHandsBigHeart:
Nah. Not really. It was a good game by Kap, but we didn't make the switch to get to the NFC title game. We made the switch to win it and then the Super Bowl.

A "good game"
Originally posted by Thorhawk:
A "good game"

Was it not a good game?
Discussion is over with. It will be disappointing if we don't win it all, but the statement has been made. Harbaugh was right. We're just more explosive with Kaepernick.
Originally posted by TinyHandsBigHeart:
Originally posted by Thorhawk:
A "good game"

Was it not a good game?

It was an unbelievable record shattering game by Kap!

Noob
Originally posted by TinyHandsBigHeart:
Originally posted by Thorhawk:
A "good game"

Was it not a good game?

No, it was a great game.