Originally posted by communist:
Originally posted by 9erred:
Or they are less confident in ST than in the offense.
'Coaches emphasis on ST is a smoke signal that they are not confident in the offense.
Here's another POV...
They wanted to upgrade the ST, that simple. The underlying current of your assumptions denotes a lack of confidence from our coaches about portions of our team like the offense and ST. Harbaugh would not allow that kind of practice to occur.
It was always about getting the best team on the field on all three phase which includes, hey, ST. Wow, what a concept. So now that Harbaugh and Seely agreed to focus some of the players on ST, it denotes a lack of confidence on the offense? Communist is right in that the coaches wanted more resources for ST to feel more confident on their success. They did that!
Finally, we have coaches who know what they are doing. Seely's experience molded his squad this year and Harbaugh and Baalke made sure he had the right tools for his squad to be successful.
Why they made it...
LB Blake Costanzo, DBs Colin Jones and C.J. Spillman: These players might not ever get on the field to play defense, but each is being counted upon by special-teams coordinator Brad Seely to form the nucleus of the 49ers' special teams. So Costanzo, Jones and Spillman not only made the team, Harbaugh said these three players will be among the 46 active players on game days.--Matt Maiocco
Now add Gooden to those three and we have four specialists on ST and both Jones and Spillman have a knack of getting down field to disrupt the returner while Gooden's specialty is blocking on returns which we need.
I believe our speed and tackling will improve greatly. It's the blocking for our returners that I hope improves more.
I believe Seely now has the right tools to be successful here. Again, we shall see on Sunday. New team. New coaches. New culture. New approach.
Deal with it, let it go and enjoy!
[ Edited by ninertico on Sep 8, 2011 at 8:56 AM ]