Originally posted by RishikeshA:
After watching the Coaches Film (courtesy of Whomeam) the Viking game is much clearer in my head. Here's what I observed;
1. Ponder only looked for his first option, if it was covered he scrambled or ran.
2. Even on running plays the Viking safeties were backpedaling away from the line of scrimmage.
3. The Viking linebackers, for the most part, were near the line of scrimmage until the last few minutes of the game.
4. Every time Alex rolled to his right to pass it was a short throw.
5. The intermediate pass over the middle could have been exploited more.
6.Hunter was ineffective. The game called for the Niners to pound Frank up the middle.
7. Petersen is the best back in football (even after the surgery), however, his upright running style and planting at the line of scrimmage to find
find an opening is tough on the knees.
8.All in all the game wasn't that bad, we had our shots but bad calls and poor execution cost us more than the Vikings did. Ponder played the game of his life.
Thanks for the observations!
7. He reminds me of Dickerson, who played twelve years but only five complete seasons. Roger Craig played upright but with high knee action--11 years with only one year playing fewer than 15 games. Much healthier.
6. Was very surprised with the game plan not utilizing Gore and Hunter more early in the game.
5. Smith completed 68.8% of his throws so I'm not displease with his performance from that standpoint. Not as sharp as the previous week but that game was very special.
4. Seemed to me that Smith had very little time on his rolls and was pressured most often...but I haven't watched the game again.
3. This is why I was surprised Hunter, Gore and VD were seldom used to drift over the middle...odd schemes for this game, seemed like the coaches just guessed wrong.
2. Taking away the long ball? Really? I thought Smith couldn't throw the long ball! Did they suspect the coaches would build the game plan around showcasing Moss' return?
1. Ponder's completion % (60) was much lower than Smith's but he hit a number of very big plays when he had to do so. I was wondering if some of you guys who are watching the game over again can tell us if the big passes happened after big runs by AP. Just curious.