Well, some interesting points from both sides of the spectrum. I am not a businessman like many of you are, but in medicine, it isn't how you get to the dx, but can you get there. Once there, can you then recommend the proper Rx?. In my publishing company, and as an author, it isn't how you do it, but can you do it? And finally, do people like what you produce? In our winery, it isn't how I make wine, it is whether it is good, or exceptional. It's exceptional and people buy it, tell their friends, etc. Did I make wine like the French do our or many neighboring winemakers? Probably not, but again it isn't how, but what is the final product.
Another way of saying this is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Now, does a team with ST that gains 20-25 yds on every change of possession help the 49ers get to the ultimate goal? Of course. Does a D that leads league in 4 or is it 5 categories help the 49ers get to their ultimate goal...sure. Does an O with a Qb who has 5 INTs , not 15 or 20, but fewer TDs help the 49ers get to their ultimate goal...yup. As noted above, alex is not calling the plays... roman, or ultimately Coach H is, and if this is his choice, who am I to complain about a 12-3 team , headed for 13-3? Is that enough to get past Rodgers and an ailing OL and poor D? Or Brees and an also poor D? I dunno, but we shall find out. Also we don't know yet what is coming out of the O if we play Saints or GB. But i do know this. Right now, with the OL we have, not much different than before, they can protect alex for a grand total of 2 seconds. Go back and look at film from this yr, use a stopwatch and you will see maximum time alex has is 2 seconds. If he rolls out then he has 3, maybe 4 seconds. So this isn't so much what alex is doing with his passes, because there are so many other things, starting with Coach H that dictate what alex does. OL is a really important factor too. WRs , with little time spent with alex, need at least a full yr more so everyone is on same page.
So shaj , it seems to me, tho I understand your premise, that alex is doing as he is coached to do. Is it enough to advance? Don't know, but will be interesting to see. I look for better OL protection next yr, more mid to deep passes with that good protection, but as for now, Coach is calling what he thinks his OL can protect for....ie, 2 seconds. Which means that your hypothesis has more to do with the OL, Coach, ST and the D than it does alex.
Just my thots.