Originally posted by Gore_21:
Probably mentioned already but getting the most out of our guys. Seeing what they can bring at another position. We've tried Sopoaga, Tukuafa, Smith, etc at FB. Dobbs at TE, Colin Jones, Ben Hannula, etc at WR and so on.... might save a roster spot or who knows maybe you find out a guy is better on the other side of the ball. Also, gives you options if we are in a jam. Then we draft Bruce Miller a 2 time CUSA Defensive Player of the Year. A guy who had 34.5 sacks in 4 years and we decide we are going to use him at FB. Most of us are like this guy has way too much potential to not move him but our staff turns him into near pro bowl caliber FB.
Other thing is and it's not new but I feel is very under-utilized is bringing in extra blockers and making them eligible WRs and actually having them go out for passes. We had two big plays with Sopoaga and Staley catching 1st downs. Last team I can remember doing that was the Patriots with Vrabel in their SB hay days. To me it needs to be utilized more often. Sure teams do it with TEs but you can really get the teams when you are sending out 300+ pound guys. I hope we use it more this year.
Last thing was the shifts on short yardage downs where we tried to get teams to jump off-sides. Most of the time it worked but it didn't seem like the refs were ready for teams using it so it did go against us occasionally. One group says it was fine, the next said we were moving too quickly and simulating the snap.
Edit: Also, this is a credit to the scouts, Baalke and the coaches but we are finding hidden gems in the late rounds/UDFA which is something we didn't really do in the McCloughan era.
Though we make fun of McC, much of the team is still still partly him. The scouts are the same, just pulling the trigger for the coaches and the coaches making the most of their talents. Not making the player fit the system, but getting players that fit the system, providing the systems plumbing is not clogged to begin with.