Originally posted by moe8092:
The WCO is designed for pass to set up the run. I dont know what Harbaugh is trying to do here. Since Alex is efficient at the short passing game, why not just let him dink and dunk his way down the field. One the defense gets honest, then burn them with the run. What you have here is an ineffective run combined with a QB that is resolute on not going deep. Which equates to BLITZ heavy by the opposition.
This is the part our coaches over the last 9 years still do not understand. Alex Smith (I'm NOT bashing him) at the moment does not scare defenses. If they can pass pass pass and put up touchdowns with him like they used to do with the spread offense under Jimmy Raye, after about 3-4 games of this, they will back off of Gore.
For some reason, after completing a pass or two, the coaches think that they will suddenly now back off Gore. It never happens because defenses will NOT back off of Gore until they are AFRAID of our passing game. Gore is going to stay bottled up until then.