Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Gore said it best when asked about watching the playoffs on TV the past few years. When he watched he thought that the 9ers were just as talented, played some of these same teams tough and why can't they peak at the right moment...as in the playoffs? The offense is imposing their will more and more as the year goes by, and that is without two of their best receivers.
When I watched Crabtree and Williams to day it dawned on me that the 9ers have so many weapons they can't use them all every week. I'm not sure the 9ers of the 80s had this many weapons! Gore, Hunter and Miller in the backfield; VD and Walker at TE; Crabtree, Williams, Ginn and (hopefully) Edwards at WR. Throw in coaches who have an irreverent view of trying anything and you have the makings of an explosive offense!
dtg - you know I almost always agree with you bud, but here I have a hard time... The offense can't start "slow" in the play-offs against a hot team. They just can't. We can't run idle for an entire half, expect our D to keep us in every game, get a turnover to repeatedly give the offense a short field. It's not just going to work every week. We look good against 2nd and 3rd string QBs but the team MUST learn to cash in it's scoring opportunities.
Teams are going to stop the run (or at least limit it) at least for a half. The 49ers must game-plan a solid, convincing, competent passing offense. Passes can't be repeatedly dropped. The OL can't have a brain fart for 30 mins. Play-calling can't keep trying to force-feed an expected receiver. Yes, we have a lot of great chess pieces on the board, I just don't like how we play them at times. If you know the opposing D is going to focus on VD, don't try to feature him first. Feature Williams, feature Ginn. Get these guys involved in the game early. When defenses adjust, then go back to VD, Walker, and Crabtree with some Gore/Hunter. It seems like the creativity that we saw previously has evaporated. There are serious concerns with scoring - and what we've seen of the last few games, there have been lapses in execution. Until that gets fixed, the 49ers will find it difficult to go far in the play-offs.