Originally posted by dtg_9er:
NCommand--thanks for the break down...as depressing as it was! As tough as Smith is I just hate seeing him take hits as he has. Hope this OLine starts to gel and the play calling becomes creative against GB. So far it looks like the coaches just want to see certain players in situations for evaluation. But the line being sloppy and penalties continuing if very sad to see from the first unit. Also hate so much shifting but Harbaugh loves that stuff.
Going backwards on first down again seems too familiar! But...preseason...how long can we keep saying that? One more game! GB will be an interesting game...that I really want them to win.
My pleasure! It only took a few minutes; hope others do their own and post.
No doubt Roman was using a TON of shifts, WR/TE combo-looks and other creative looks (wasn't a "vanilla" thing about the offense in this pre season game). They were really trying to utilize the TE's esp. Dobbs. Lots of jumbo, max protection sets but also lots of 3 & 4 WR sets...all 3 TE's releasing. Both backs releasing. It was VERY interesting to watch esp. pre snap!
Again, pre season or not, we saw the same exact issues this game as we did in previous pre season games and all of last year. First down is our biggest issue along with pass protection. Naturally, both lead to horrible 3rd down and RZ %'s and many 3-and-outs, IMHO.
It was interesting hearing those quotes from Tom Brady et al. re: this exact same topic that we've been discussing here. If you missed it, it's post #129 in this thread.