Originally posted by Oldschool9erfan:
Originally posted by NCommand:
It's fun rewatching all these highlights (watched every one):
- Hunter is a beast. He can run inside, be an every down back, is very slippery, always makes the first guy miss, amazing outlet for Alex, great at blitz pick up, shows great patience to hide behind blocks, explodes when he sees the hole and is by far, the best RB on pitch-outs. Excellent, excellent hands.
- OL - while we may struggle in short yardage, the RZ and in exotic blitz pick ups, this may be THE best OL out in space. Those toss-out runs are unstoppable.
- Miller - Miller may be the best blocking FG in the game. He is very very impressive and is even a secret weapon in the passing game.
- Ginn - he was way more valuable (I highlighted this for the NFCCG); he was actually a very solid WR last year, making some very critical plays for us with very few drops. But what he really meant to the offense was his 3rd down plays and speed. His speed alone forced DB's to play way off him and opened up enormous holes all years VD & Crabtree. The fly-sweep, I swear, could be run on every single play and I don't know how a defense could stop it especially with Ginn. He's not going anywhere (esp. coupled with his ST play). This year, Moss could add even more to this offense and you can see why we went after burners like AJ Jenkins, Manningham, etc. coupled with VD, Hunter & LMJ. Speed forces defenses to pay on their heels and forces more DB's on the field and less in the box.
- Williams - this kid is unstoppable in the slot and can play all three WR positions. He, like Hunter, are at full speed within one step and he has fantastic hands. He is as quick as he is fast.
- Culliver/Brock - man, these two have tremendous upside; look for even more improvement in year 2.
- Gore - when fresh, he is still a beast. Look for MANY touches to be shared with Hunter all year and more LMJ as the year progresses.
- Tempo/Culture of the Game - this is something I haven't seen one person highlight yet. But the game plan (and execution) we had actually dictated games. While we didn't have outstanding offensive statistics, guess what, neither did anyone else who played us (esp. in points). In short, we literally dictated every game. When we need to go to a spread, hurry-up, etc. we did. When we played close to the vest yet efficient, we did. I liken it to the Giants of the baseball. B/c of WHO the opposition is playing, most games are very low-scoring games. In general the NL is more pitching and less offense. Yet in the AL, it's opposite. I see this same mind-set when teams face us. A perfect example is the NFCCG. The short-minded fans will focus on the 1 for 13 on 3rd downs but nobody pays attention to the fact the Giants were 3 for 21.
PS: How many TD's were taken away from us last year? Geesh!
NCommand, great post.....You are right on the mark on a lot of these.
I can't wait to see more Hunter this year. The guy has a great burst and his blocking got so much better as the season improved. I remember Rathman going nuts on the sidelines when Hunter decleated some linebacker. You gotta love a coach that celebrates more over great blocks than Td's.
What a great pick last year in Miller, great fullback, think of him with a whole offseason to develop his game. He has a lot of athletic ability, he will be used more this year.
The Championship game.......I didn't see the 3 for 21 mark on 3rd downs. Once the niners d adjusted in the second half, we dominated. I give Eli full credit because we beat the living hell out of him in the second half. The biggest crime was the fumble that wasn't called in the last two minutes of the game.
But this year.......the Niners will be better because the Offense will be better so that will make our d fresher. Also the D can be even more aggressive when they know the Offense can score.
I'm hoping the Pass Rush can improve. With aldon smith full time and the defense with a whole year with the same d......should be great.
Thanks so much! I'm very excited about the fact that we have a FO who is setting our future up nicely, to be a dynasty again...you can see that guys like LMJ, Jenkins & Looney are brought in as developmental starters for the next two plus years. This year we'll see more of Culliver & Brock and the DL, Boone, Kilgore, etc. Our RB's will end up being Hunter and LMJ and we'll still acquire a bruiser like Jacobs or another. I'm equally excited about the coaches who now know how to develop players properly and bring them along slowly (Brooks, Aldon, Culliver, Brock, Brown, Hunter, Williams, etc.). I think the thing I might like best is that this team understands today's game...going with smaller, but quicker, faster coverage S's, more DB's, emphasis on pass rush, tons of speed on the outside and playmakers, incorporating some "spread" into the WCO more, yet still stays with the fundamentals (best tackling team in the league, ball-control and security, etc.).
Our future's so bright, we gotta wear