Originally posted by lamontb:
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Harbaugh looks the guy in the eye and asks him... "can you do this, Kyle?" and if the eyes say he still has his confidence, then Jim says "get back out there and do better."
Risky, but shows faith in his players. Just failed us yesterday.
... and getting away from the run was troubling. Gore and Hunter looked pretty spectacular on some runs, and our WRs suck donkey-balls.
All my non Niner friends watching the game kept asking why aren't yall just running the ball. You have nobody to throw to and the run game was productive. And JH and Roman have to give up on this bringing in defensive lineman in short yardage idea. Justin Smith shouldn't be trying to block Giants linebackers on short yardage.
The play calling overall was very shaky. You can tell Roman doesn't know how to call a complete game.
I think your final two comments are worth looking at a bit more closely. The team started the season with a very clear strategy derived from a limited playbook. We're familiar with that formula: limit turnovers, win the field position battle, and stubbornly grind the other defense down until you can impose your will on them. As the season progressed and the playbook expanded, the team's tight, well-defined strategy became increasingly nebulous and surprisingly pass heavy.
From a strategy stand point, I'm really not sure what to make of the final month of the regular season and the playoffs. It frequently felt as if they had a checklist of cool plays that they wanted to run and they set aside any sense of large-scale strategy in an effort to set up the killer plays on their checklist. Given that the Gore injury significantly reduced the potency of the run game for a period of weeks, some of this was to be expected. Moreover, they clearly needed to expand the depth of the playbook. But my overall impression was that by the end of the season it often felt as if they were simply trying to move the ball on a catch as catch can basis, rather than developing coherent strategies for consistent ball movement within each game. Bluntly, they weren't taking what defenses were giving them. Rather than punch the cut eye, they seemed hell-bent on establishing some sort of short/mid-range passing game that often looked very ugly and frequently failed to move the ball.
No, I don't think anyone, aside from a few loose cannons, are calling for Roman's job. And, no, I'm not saying that Roman sucks. Far from it, he did an incredible job this year. Nevertheless, I think some friendly and limited criticism is warranted. Considering the degree to which the offense's strategy was overhauled during the course of the season, it seems reasonable to ask (yet again), "What kind of offense are we trying to run and which types of players do we need to make that happen?"