Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Also agree. When you cut down the field the options are limited as well. I noticed they tried the throw back to VD that Smith used in the playoffs...roll right and throw back left. Unsuccessfully, it was covered and CK did not have an angle for a completion. They had a chance to pick up some needed yardage for the FG but were unable to gain a few yards. I don't care if people are spoiled and believe Akers should make ever 50 yard FG...it's still a long kick.
I am so glad you saw that as well. I, literally, have been waiting for that play ALL YEAR long. We tried it and another variation of it with Walker for the dropped TD pass. I was absolutely blown away by how well VD was covered twice on that play and even Walker to a large degree. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the opponent; the Rams were all over it all three times and 9 out of 10 times that play worked for HUGE gains last year. I give Roman credit for finally calling that one three times...like the slants. Like I gave him for finally game planning to get VD the ball in creative fashion against the Bears. It's all the lapses and in between stuff that has me wondering if we can't do significantly better going forward, esp. in the passing game.
I even offered up having Roman game plan the run plays and someone else game plan the passing plays and then Harbaugh signing off on a game plan each week. Or hell, have Alex call his own plays like P.Manning (would love to see this - oh-well). Or when/if CK continues to develop, get to a point where Roman can provide suggestive plays and CK can make the calls in-game based on feel for the game (his experiences for how the defense is playing him/us). I'm at a loss. We just don't have a pro-style passing game to compliment our running game, defense and ST's.
We have CLEARLY been outcoached twice by the Giants and Rams, the Vikings, some close ones with the Hawks, etc. The fact that we're not learning (from our mistakes) is what scares me the most and has me very concerned; that and the fact that teams who can execute with a 4-3, have the blue print for beating us just about every time.