Originally posted by Whomeam:
Part of me agrees with you, I would have loved to see Smith passing more, but the other part of me doesn't. The entire point of the head coach is to map out a gameplan to make sure we win the game. It may not have been a flashy game, but it got the job done nicely. Everyone got mad when we went to kick the field goal, defense got a penalty and we ran it 3 more times. But look at what it did: It chewed up a good amount of time and we still got the points we were originally going to get. Stuff like that makes me really like Harbaugh. He gets the points AND chews up the clock. I'm sure we'll open up the playbook as time goes on, but he did nicely yesterday.
I appreciate the clock being burned like that. It's just that the momentum was starting to shift in Seattle's favor before Ted Ginn broke the game open. IF, and that's a big if, the Seahawks rallied and scored a TD late in the game, then Harbaugh would've been roasted for playing such a conservative gameplan.
When Steve Mariucci was our coach, we lost a couple games because of that conservative style. I remember in one game we were up in the third against the Bears, ran the ball ineffectively, and the Bears were able to force OT. Garcia threw an INT and the Bears won on, I believe, a field goal.
I think it's reasonable for people to think the conservatism was a bit worrisome. We could've put the Seahawks away with a TD. I'm not going to dwell on it though. I truly think the coaching staff is still installing the playbook and learning about the players. I feel we'll see the playbook get more opened up as the season goes on.
[ Edited by Wubbie on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM ]