Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by fryet:
The Pack offense has had 2 weak showings (compared to last year). Conclusion: The 49ers defense may not be as lights out as we thought. Still good, though.
The Bears struggled offensively against the Pack defense, while we put up 30 easily. Conclusion: Our offense is pretty good this year.
Personally, I am not worried about our defense, and the signs for our offense look even better after seeing how much the Pack defense dominated the Bears offense, but didn't dominate us.
Bonus observation: The Pack ran effectively against the Bears defense. They couldn't run against the 49er nickel and dime defense. Conclusion: Our run defense is insane. I want to just play nickel defense against almost every opponent all year. Poor SOAP - he is going to be so bored playing only about 5-10 snaps a game, if we continue to play mainly nickel.
The problem with the bears D is Cutler. Our D is helped by a clock eating offense that can run against most everybody. The Bears have an elite passer that is a s**tty qb, we have a good passer who looks clutch and is on the elite side of the mental aspect of the game.
This is where coaching comes in. Both Bears and Packers have top Running Backs and GB finally got smart in giving their guy 20 carries. Coaches fall too much in love with this passing era that their best runner with the ball...well...rarely gets to run with the ball.
This is what is being lost in this era. The RB has always be THE BEST RUNNER with the ball on any team. Coaches are taking that out of the equation on their own teams. Hell, that's what the first goal of any Defense used to be: stop their best ball carrier be it a WR or RB. The offenses are actually helping defense out in this era.
Teams are shooting themselves in the foot. Under Walsh, especially in the late 80's, our best players running with the ball were our WR's which was why they received the ball quickly.
BTW, the Smith/Harbaugh combination is fine with me.
[ Edited by Joecool on Sep 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM ]