Since we're going hypothetical, the way we beat GB is by having Willis AND Bowman by alternating the "spy" role like they did against Vick. To me, that's the only way to be able to stop him when he's out of the pocket. He's going to make his throws. We have to downright terrorize him every time he does, contest every throw. The way to do that is pressure, but not a full scale blitz. Instead, rush four, have Willis or Bowman cover the TE or RB coming out and the other spy on Rodgers. Well, if the back stays to protect, then Willis/Bowman would attack through the pocket to get to Rodgers.
If Rodgers leaves the pocket, the other ILB will have him like Bowman did with Vick. Expect the same kind of D we employed against the Eagles. Except this time, Aldon Smith will have more experience under his belt. We can apply pressure with this front four....Brooks--J. Smith--McD--A. Smith/Haralson. Then the next tier would be Willis and Bowman. Now we get Rogers, Brown, and Culiver at CB and Goldson, Whitner/R. Smith as safeties. The reason we can compete and beat Rodgers is because of Willis and Bowman. They allow Fangio to employ 4-5 pass rushers instead of having to go upto 6. Rogers does very well against the blitz. We need to pressure w/o the blitz and take him down when he's out of the pocket immediately.
He had all day last night because he could move around and throw. Hard to throw when Willis or Bowman is in your face.
On offense, we will attack the GB D's weakness. GB will focus on stopping Gore just like NYG did and we will counter with Alex. I believe our OL will get to a point where they will be a dominating line, just dominate. They will keep Alex upright and make lanes for Gore and Co. The OL is the real key to our offense and successfully executing the "game plan". I expect us to try to go up fast and keep the lead. Once there, ground and pound with all three back to keep fresh legs out on the field at all times.
I truly believe we have the more balanced team on offense, defense AND special teams. This game is not Alex VS Aaron. It's the 49ers VS Packers, team VS team.
We will win this game!!!! Hypothetically of course...
BTW....I heard Alex on KNBR and he talked about how they've just skimmed the surface with this offense. So that leads me to believe, we haven't seen nothing yet with Alex and friends. That really is a scary good though.
[ Edited by ninertico on Nov 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM ]