Last year Harbaugh and Co snuck up on everyone else, in a lock out year. There was no tape on the new guys. Nothing on the jumbo packages, 3 RB set, and the same on defense. NFL is a league that picks up things very quickly. After a year, with offseason teams have done there homework. They know what the 49ers are going to do (they're not being surprised), and let's be frank it's not an ultra complex offense or defense. I think it's more to do with other teams being better prepared than anything else
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Does anyone know how the Giants ran against us yesterday? Where was the breakdown? Guys ran through some pretty big holes. Where was Willis and Bowman, and is that performance based on run design or our guys getting flat out beat? That was very unusual.
If you look at the tape a lot of those big gashes came in the second half when the game was really out of reach. Under Harbaugh, that might be the first time where I saw the team look discouraged and to some extent the defense being tired.