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LaMichael James is a Niner

Originally posted by crabman82:
from maiocco blog he just posted a few mins ago....

--Running LaMichael James got zero playing time on offense against the Rams. Why? I think it's because of the 49ers' offense line. Let me explain: The 49ers have built a physical offensive line that is at its best when using brute force to create holes between the tackles. The 49ers are not a finesse offensive line, by any means. Sweeps and screens are finesse-type of plays. After watching the New Orleans Saints, it's obvious that their offensive line is very good at blocking for screens. The 49ers' offensive line does a lot of things very well. However, when it comes to blocking for screens, they're . . . uh . . . well . . . not good. So, yes, James might be best-suited for those kinds of plays, but the 49ers' offensive line is much better blocking for the inside running of Frank Gore.

didn't baalke know this before he drafted him in the 2nd round.
Originally posted by crabman82:
from maiocco blog he just posted a few mins ago....

--Running LaMichael James got zero playing time on offense against the Rams. Why? I think it's because of the 49ers' offense line. Let me explain: The 49ers have built a physical offensive line that is at its best when using brute force to create holes between the tackles. The 49ers are not a finesse offensive line, by any means. Sweeps and screens are finesse-type of plays. After watching the New Orleans Saints, it's obvious that their offensive line is very good at blocking for screens. The 49ers' offensive line does a lot of things very well. However, when it comes to blocking for screens, they're . . . uh . . . well . . . not good. So, yes, James might be best-suited for those kinds of plays, but the 49ers' offensive line is much better blocking for the inside running of Frank Gore.

Funny thing is I have called for more screens butI have seen the 49ers unsuccessfully attempt a screen one time or another. I can't remember the game, but I believe the play got blown up before Kaep even got the ball to the running back.
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by crabman82:
from maiocco blog he just posted a few mins ago....

--Running LaMichael James got zero playing time on offense against the Rams. Why? I think it's because of the 49ers' offense line. Let me explain: The 49ers have built a physical offensive line that is at its best when using brute force to create holes between the tackles. The 49ers are not a finesse offensive line, by any means. Sweeps and screens are finesse-type of plays. After watching the New Orleans Saints, it's obvious that their offensive line is very good at blocking for screens. The 49ers' offensive line does a lot of things very well. However, when it comes to blocking for screens, they're . . . uh . . . well . . . not good. So, yes, James might be best-suited for those kinds of plays, but the 49ers' offensive line is much better blocking for the inside running of Frank Gore.

Funny thing is I have called for more screens butI have seen the 49ers unsuccessfully attempt a screen one time or another. I can't remember the game, but I believe the play got blown up before Kaep even got the ball to the running back.

only screen pass i remember that worked was in stl when kendall hunter got about 10 yards up the middle
Would be nice to see the coaching staff utilize him this game. He can be a great mismatch against the seahawks... Lets see if the 9ers can actually get him involved...
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Why did we draft him again then?
Originally posted by susweel:
Originally posted by crabman82:
from maiocco blog he just posted a few mins ago....

--Running LaMichael James got zero playing time on offense against the Rams. Why? I think it's because of the 49ers' offense line. Let me explain: The 49ers have built a physical offensive line that is at its best when using brute force to create holes between the tackles. The 49ers are not a finesse offensive line, by any means. Sweeps and screens are finesse-type of plays. After watching the New Orleans Saints, it's obvious that their offensive line is very good at blocking for screens. The 49ers' offensive line does a lot of things very well. However, when it comes to blocking for screens, they're . . . uh . . . well . . . not good. So, yes, James might be best-suited for those kinds of plays, but the 49ers' offensive line is much better blocking for the inside running of Frank Gore.

didn't baalke know this before he drafted him in the 2nd round.

I was wondering too why we don't run any screens. Now I know haha
i call bs, we pull our OL out into space with success........there's no way they aren't equipped to run screens
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!
Originally posted by iLL49er:
i call bs, we pull our OL out into space with success........there's no way they aren't equipped to run screens


Yeah, that straight-ahead power run game has been working so well the past few games, hasn't it? I like Maiocco and think he's spot-on most of the time, but to just in effect say "they can't do it" is a huge over-simplification. As you say, the guards and even tackles do a lot of pulling, and do it well.

Here's a crazy thought: Maybe they suck at screens because they don't practice them much and rarely try them in a game? Attempting one screen that gets blown up and then abandoning it doesn't scream "the OL doesn't know how" to me. Yet HaRo has no qualms slamming Gore into the middle for 2 yards ad-nauseum.

This disjointed, herky-jerky offense that takes two steps forward ("big" play for 1st down) and one step back (timeout, TFL, stupid play call, penalty) nearly every possession just ain't gonna cut it vs the big boys. I keep faint hope alive that HaRo will actually put playmakers like LMJ in a position to do what they do best and succeed, but it's fading fast.
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!


Wake me up when the 49ers actually give LMJ a shot with the type of plays (swings, screens, slot, etc.) that players like Sproles and Woodhead get. If he fails, then you can cackle your "I told you so's" and feel great about yourself...but if the dude is never given a chance, then how does anyone know what he can do, including you?
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!


Wake me up when the 49ers actually give LMJ a shot with the type of plays (swings, screens, slot, etc.) that players like Sproles and Woodhead get. If he fails, then you can cackle your "I told you so's" and feel great about yourself...but if the dude is never given a chance, then how does anyone know what he can do, including you?

agree 100%.

he's rotting away here in SF. He'd be flourishing with a team like the Saints
Originally posted by ChazBoner:
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!


Wake me up when the 49ers actually give LMJ a shot with the type of plays (swings, screens, slot, etc.) that players like Sproles and Woodhead get. If he fails, then you can cackle your "I told you so's" and feel great about yourself...but if the dude is never given a chance, then how does anyone know what he can do, including you?

agree 100%.

he's rotting away here in SF. He'd be flourishing with a team like the Saints

Maybe he's not good enough to beat out Hunter for the backup spot, and everybody and their mama know that he has a fumbling problem. Maybe he should learn how to catch and secure the ball first, learn how to protect the ball first before crying for more opportunities, and maybe you should stop worrying about your fantasy team and face the fact that he's not good enough to crack the lineup or beat out Hunter for the backup job. He had the opportunity to solidify his backup position in the offseason when Hunter was recovering from unjury but he didn't. What does that tell you? It tells me that he's not good enough to be compared to players like Sproles or Woodhead, players that proved themselves over and over again.
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
Originally posted by ChazBoner:
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!


Wake me up when the 49ers actually give LMJ a shot with the type of plays (swings, screens, slot, etc.) that players like Sproles and Woodhead get. If he fails, then you can cackle your "I told you so's" and feel great about yourself...but if the dude is never given a chance, then how does anyone know what he can do, including you?

agree 100%.

he's rotting away here in SF. He'd be flourishing with a team like the Saints

Maybe he's not good enough to beat out Hunter for the backup spot, and everybody and their mama know that he has a fumbling problem. Maybe he should learn how to catch and secure the ball first, learn how to protect the ball first before crying for more opportunities, and maybe you should stop worrying about your fantasy team and face the fact that he's not good enough to crack the lineup or beat out Hunter for the backup job. He had the opportunity to solidify his backup position in the offseason when Hunter was recovering from unjury but he didn't. What does that tell you? It tells me that he's not good enough to be compared to players like Sproles or Woodhead, players that proved themselves over and over again.


You might want to sit down for this, but did you know it's possible for Hunter to still be the primary backup AND for LMJ to get 5, 6, maybe even 8 touches per game? Yeah, I swear it's true. And you know, not the clock-killing runs into 9-man fronts HaRo start using with a lead in the second half. I mean plays that give him a chance with the ball in space....how many times have you seen Woodhead or Sproles filter out of the backfield, get lost in the wash at the LOS, and then burn the poor sap LB who has to cover them, turning a 3-yd pass into a 12-yd gain...a few dozen, a hundred even? How many times has that happened with LMJ...you could count them on one hand. And remind me, who was it that came in and did a more than an adequate job filling in for Hunter when he got injured last year?
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM ]
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
Originally posted by ChazBoner:
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
and the Sproles comparisons coming in 3.......2.......1..!!!


Wake me up when the 49ers actually give LMJ a shot with the type of plays (swings, screens, slot, etc.) that players like Sproles and Woodhead get. If he fails, then you can cackle your "I told you so's" and feel great about yourself...but if the dude is never given a chance, then how does anyone know what he can do, including you?

agree 100%.

he's rotting away here in SF. He'd be flourishing with a team like the Saints

Maybe he's not good enough to beat out Hunter for the backup spot, and everybody and their mama know that he has a fumbling problem. Maybe he should learn how to catch and secure the ball first, learn how to protect the ball first before crying for more opportunities, and maybe you should stop worrying about your fantasy team and face the fact that he's not good enough to crack the lineup or beat out Hunter for the backup job. He had the opportunity to solidify his backup position in the offseason when Hunter was recovering from unjury but he didn't. What does that tell you? It tells me that he's not good enough to be compared to players like Sproles or Woodhead, players that proved themselves over and over again.


You might want to sit down for this, but did you know it's possible for Hunter to still be the primary backup AND for LMJ to get 5, 6, maybe even 8 touches per game? Yeah, I swear it's true. And you know, not the clock-killing runs into 9-man fronts HaRo start using with a lead in the second half. I mean plays that give him a chance with the ball in space....how many times have you seen Woodhead or Sproles filter out of the backfield, get lost in the wash at the LOS, and then burn the poor sap LB who has to cover them, turning a 3-yd pass into a 12-yd gain...a few dozen, a hundred even? How many times has that happened with LMJ...you could count them on one hand. And remind me, who was it that came in and did a more than an adequate job filling in for Hunter when he got injured last year?

I totally understand you point of getting LMJ some touches during the games, I get that. But like I said before, maybe the coaches doesn't feel comfortable with him having a fumbling problems. Now, you might want to sit down for this, LMJ has 6 fumbles in 60 touches in his career. That is a fumble in every 10 touches, idk about you but that is awfully bad to me. He has a fumbling problem and that is a fact, and I'm sure the coaches won't take that risk if the game is on the line.
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