Originally posted by DarthNiner:
How many times have we heard that this year?! I hear it every week. I hear it on the radio. I hear it from the color commentators.
I believe that every play the Niners run are "well designed plays" but they get a little extra attention when the play is executed to perfection. The offense hasn't totally executed every play the way they should... but could you imagine if they did?!
I bet we never would have heard those words said during Nolan or Singletary's reign...
To be fair, Jimmy Raye had some very tricky plays. We tended to run them on 4th and short. Lots of throwbacks and slipscreens to Vernon Davis, if I remember right.
Most coaches have two or three ace-in-the-hole plays that they'll only trot out in a critical situation. Singletary/Raye had those. Of course, it was the other 99% that was facepalm-worthy.
I don't think the Harbaugh/Roman niners have "better-designed" plays, since designing plays is easy. They're better gameplanners and better play callers.