Originally posted by nflguy49:
Originally posted by bayniner21:
you do realize the reason gore and hunter tore it up in the ground game is because the bucs had to respect Smith and his receivers.... it was basically pick your poison for them... if you watch the video they obviously chose to cover the air then the ground game... and from a coaches point of view shutting down the
passing game > running game,
Smith only completed 11 passes in the game. The avg qb completes that many in one half. However, he looked much better then he has in the past and it gave me hope that he will continue to get better. I think it's ridiculous to say he played a bigger part in that win then Gore/Hunter. 11 passes completed for 170 yards won't cause many teams to fear your passing game. The Niners top 10 defense held the Bucs to 3 points. Gore and Hunter were chewing up yards all day. It was a team win and Alex played his role well.
You don't get what he's trying to say. He's saying without the early passing we did, the run game wouldn't have been as effective. I believe Smith had close to 100 yards passing in the 1st qtr alone, we didn't need to pass after he took us down the field for a TD during the opening drive in the 2nd half to put us up 30 - 3. With well over a qtr and a half left to play and the score the way it was, there was no reason to even throw the ball. If they did it was to get more practice in on stuff they needed to improve on. The run game dominated only because we set it up to. Comprende?