Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by 49erphan:
Resurrecting this thread because I recently had some down time so I decided to watch the game where the 9ers played the Seahawks at Candlestick. The play just before Frank's 50 yard run was a third and a yard (and not even remotely close enough for a field goal to go ahead score wise - and without a lot of time left in the game). They handed the ball to Miller who had enough feel for what was going on to find a little opening on the right side of the line to get the first down. And then on the next play Miller was leading Frank on the run. Being the savvy player that Earl Thomas is, when Miller broke to the outside in his lead blocking, Thomas also broke to the outside because he knows that Frank usually follows Miller (for good reason). Except Frank is an even savvier player and was looking for Thomas to break in Miller's direction and so... off to the races.
After rewatching big parts of that game, you can put me with the people that think not having Miller in the NFC championship game hurt the 9ers - maybe even enough of a difference to be the difference between winning and losing.
I'm buying that. Miller is an excellent lead blocker. Dixon couldn't handle the role so they brought back Tuku from who knows where. That was very telling as to what the coaches thought of Dixon as a FB. Then they played Vance as a FB, although Tuku's injury (in GB game) may have had to do with that decision. The FB role was in disarray when Miller went down.
I couldn't agree more...huge fan of Miller and think he may be the best all-around FB in the game. I was b!tching and moaning back in the mock-53's that we needed a pure FB-in-training behind him just in case we were ever to lose him (Iwanted to keep the big Jason Schepler). In the end, it may have cost us more than we realized.