Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by 9erfan4life:
Originally posted by fastforward:
Originally posted by 49er4life:
I agree with most of what you are saying, but think you are dead wrong about the play calling.
The #1 way to improve the sack stat is to work with Alex on spotting the blitz pre-snap and then switching the WR and/or TE's to their hot routs along with calling the protection (o-line, TE, and rb's) to the correct location.
Now I am not blaming this all on Alex, I think the short off season last year really effected what the coaching staff could work with the team on. Also, it is partially on the WR/TE to be aware of the blitz and to look for the hot rout call, and then to get separation.
That might have been too complicated for the 49ers WR corps last season!
That's only half of it. A big part is the centers communication with the rest of the line.
Goodwin's first year with the team coupled with a new system the numbers shouldn't be a surprise.
Baas was in the same situation in NY and they had injuries at Center. What is the next excuse?
It's not an excuse it's a fact of the game.
NY didn't have the best o line they were just good, they did give up the most sacks and qb hits in the playoffs.
If I'm not mistaken the QB and other 4 lineman in NY have been in the same system for quite some time.
It's like some people don't understand the game at all. You need all 11 players on the same page to make a single play run as designed.
It's a lot easier to screw up a play than to get one right.
Maybe the center missed a call, or the guard didn't hear him, or the tackle went the wrong way, or the running back missed a call, or the qb didn't pick up the blitz, or the tight end lined up wrong, or everyone did something wrong.
I'd rather Smith take 10 more sacks a year than throw 10 more picks.