Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Do we really need to "open" up the offense? What we need to do is make sure the plays we run that hit the weakness of THAT week's opponent to perfection and that's about it.
I think "opening up the offense" is over rated. This league is all about coaches putting together a CORRECT game plan and the players executing that to perfection.
A lot of teams that "open up" their offense, I think, are over rated and one-dimensional.
Truer words have never been spoken.
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The only thing that can hold this team back is .....are you ready.............ALEX SMITH (imagine a few echos)
I've rewatched the game twice now and he was just horrible. If we want to beat elite (not good) teams, he will have to play like he did the two weeks before. I was really suprised at how bad he regressed last in Detriot. I hope it's not the pressure of winning that's getting to him. Oh well, time will tell.
Originally posted by Tigerlaw:
We don't need an elite offense to compete. We need the offense to get some first downs and move the ball. If we don't commit turnovers or go 3 and out then our ST and D become a factor as seen in the DET game.
15-20 points a game sounds about right if the D keeps this up. That isn't a SB formula but we can compete with anybody and might get lucky. All it takes is one CLUTCH TD if the game is kept close.
However, if Alex does step up and our offense puts up more than 20 we can do some serious damage.
You think our D looks scary now? Wait until we have a big lead and Fangio turns the dogs loose to focus on nothing but taking down the QB!!
This formula works against every team in the league except GB and NE. Our defense is good, really good, but Rodgers and Brady are playing at a HOF level. The road to a SB victory likely goes through at least one of the two, and in order to beat them, we need to be able to put up some points.
So yes, our success does depend largely on Alex. His performance in the Detroit game was absolutely less than stellar, but in the end he came through with the one throw he had to make. This says a lot about his character, as does the fact that he's overall performed at a relatively high level this season after having his ego dragged through sh!t over the last 6 years. Harbaugh has just begun with him. Once Alex can prove to himself that he CAN overcome and he IS in control, we'll see a lot fewer bad outings. With Alex, it's all about confidence. You can feel it watching him. He's shown he has the physical and mental tools. Over the remainder of the season, with Harbaugh by his side, I expect to see him mature in leaps and bounds. And come playoff time, I expect we'll have a legitimate shot.
The future is looking brighter and brighter.