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Harbaughs Approach to this 3rd preseason game.

Originally posted by TexasNiner:
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by TexasNiner:
For the "vanilla" excuses:

"The Niners coach allowed as much during his day-after-game conference call with the local media in which he reiterated what he said after Saturday's game: The Texans' defense bullied the offensive line while using largely vanilla schemes."

So, their vanilla + our vanilla = us getting our butts kicked.

Any other excuses? I know we all love the team and want to believe the best, but believe your eyes. It will take Harbs a while to make this team into winners. We don't have the talent in the trenches and he needs to learn to be a NFL head coach. None of it is going to miraculously happen overnight.
they werent vanilla didnt u hear the texans treated this like a real game they not only fully gameplanned against us but there plays and playcalling is exactly like what they would do in game

According to whom? From what Harbs told the media, he thought they used "vanilla" schemes. Perhaps they "game planned" a bit more than us, but they sure didn't show us their full arsenal. And we couldn't handle their basic D or O. At all. By our own coach's determination (according to the beat writers who cover his press conferences), he thought they used "vanilla" schemes.

according what texans coach told the media
it will be interesting to revisit his approach to the game at the end of the season. I wonder if it will have any effect on the team and what that effect will be.

What I do like about it is that Harbaugh is not going to be conventional. He's willing to experiment. But in doing so he has to be willing to fail, so we'll see how it all shakes out, and see how that ripples through his entire coaching philosophy.
now that we've Harbaugh's approach to the entire preseason, anyone have any thoughts on it?
Originally posted by HessianDud:
now that we've Harbaugh's approach to the entire preseason, anyone have any thoughts on it?

Unconventional, have to wait till game one to really see how effective it was.
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
now that we've Harbaugh's approach to the entire preseason, anyone have any thoughts on it?

Unconventional, have to wait till game one to really see how effective it was.

for sure. One thing I like, though, is the attitude of it. "f**k your standard procedure, I'm going to evaluate my scrubs." If we hadn't performed well against SD I'd probably be worried that the team is going to lack confidence and not be ready, but I'm a little more hopeful now. Ten days to see if that hope is warranted.
Originally posted by HessianDud:
for sure. One thing I like, though, is the attitude of it. "f**k your standard procedure, I'm going to evaluate my scrubs." If we hadn't performed well against SD I'd probably be worried that the team is going to lack confidence and not be ready, but I'm a little more hopeful now. Ten days to see if that hope is warranted.

I feel pretty positive about the team. I can already see the effect of his coaching on our qb, I have been thinking for the last couple of years that we needed a qb friendly coach if Smith was ever going to amount to anything.
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
for sure. One thing I like, though, is the attitude of it. "f**k your standard procedure, I'm going to evaluate my scrubs." If we hadn't performed well against SD I'd probably be worried that the team is going to lack confidence and not be ready, but I'm a little more hopeful now. Ten days to see if that hope is warranted.

I feel pretty positive about the team. I can already see the effect of his coaching on our qb, I have been thinking for the last couple of years that we needed a qb friendly coach if Smith was ever going to amount to anything.

i feel the same way. The offense we saw last night, while not the "entire offense," I'm sure, seems really suited to our players: quick, efficient, getting the ball in space...Well, I guess that's suited to any players in the NFL in 2011, a concept that seems to have escaped our coaches for awhile...I'm also really excited about the plays our wide receivers are making. I'm stoked about Braylon, and even Ginn looks like he can contribute in the passing game. And watching Bowman shoot into the backfield, slip around a RB, and knock down the QB while knocking the ball free...We might still only win 7, 8, 9 games, but I think we'll be much more fun to watch.
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Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
now that we've Harbaugh's approach to the entire preseason, anyone have any thoughts on it?

Unconventional, have to wait till game one to really see how effective it was.

"Unconventional" only means he didn't use the same cookie cutter that "all the other coaches" do. However, Harbaugh had a very different task to accomplish from what 90% of the rest of the league needed to do.

Harbaugh came into this season with the clear mindset that there were some players on this team that COULD play very well if "coached up." There were also some who might NOT be able to play in this league, even if "coached up." However, JH did not know which was which for sure until he had worked with them in practice and seen them going against 1st string players, and the only chance he was going to have to make that evaluation for sure was going to be against Houston, not in the final PS game where 1st stringers rarely make more than a cameo appearance.

So while I am certain he was disappointed that he did not see a better result against Houston, he did get the feedback he needed to make evaluations about certain players that could be developed and who were not wasting time. In the end, the approach he took was necessary for this season though may not be the same thing he will do next year where he has only the rookies to evaluate rather than this year where he had rookies along with another 10-12 returning players whose greatest flaw was poor coaching in the past.

Just my thoughts...
I think Harbaugh is using the tactic of doing whatever he feels necessary in order to evaluate, train, and select the best players he can realistically get his hands on. We will see how he does in the cuts this weekend and there may be some extra dead weight removed from last years team. He does not seem to be bound by whatever anyone else does, he is going to get it done anyway that he can. I think last nights game was a good example. He had the team moving down the field in a quick and efficient and consistent manner. Yet he still kept Davis, and Gore out of the game and got Smith out of the game as rapidly as possible after they scored. They showed him that they could do what he wanted them to do and he did not need to see more. Then he got as many other people as possible into the game to give them one last chance to show what they have before the cutbacks occurred. The Seattle game will show us what kinds of things he has been hiding if anything. But Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis will play big parts in the process. Even Ginn has shown a little more hands than last year. So I see Harbaughs system as functioning very well in the short period of time he has had the players to work with.