Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Excellent analysis, as usual.
It appears to me that Roman started out with the WCO and has added his own wrinkles in the run game aspect of it, to the point where it no longer looks like the WCO.
As to the passing part of the WCO, it doesn't seem that Roman is as adept at utilizing all of it--but part of the delay in implementing it has been the lack (last season) of a WR corps that completely understood the WCO and was capable of executing it. For example, we never saw many slants to WRs last season, at least the slant play seems to be more a regular part of the game plans this season. Same with the checkdown to the FB--we hardly ever saw that last year, but saw it several times in the recent Rams game.
So I'd say that yes, you're absolutely correct in demanding that Roman go back and utilize more of the attack that Bill Walsh made famous. But I'd also suggest that the QBs (Smith AND CK) and receivers are still learning all the fine points and subtle details of the WCO passing attack, and that Roman is still learning how to mesh that passing attack with the running game.
Its correct, is it not, that the passing game aspect of the offense is more complex and complicated than the running attack, and might take more time for all the players to "get it." Any OC is going to be limited by his players' ability to completely understand and execute the offense. This team is still on the upswing, and we have to give some credit to the fact that they're winning while they're still learning and improving.
Bottom line for me: if Akers had not missed two FGs in OT, the team would be 10 and 2 this season, and went 13-3 last season--while still "getting better everyday." I expect they'll continue to improve, and that we haven't seen the best yet.
Thank you, again, for your analysis. You do a great job of observing and figuring out what's going on down on the field, and an equally great job of explaining your points.
OND! The voice of reason...
Message heard loud and clear: patience. It's true, we now need to be patient with the new QB, Moss, Manningham, Jenkins, etc. are still in their first year in this offense, when targeted, VD can be explosive. Our run game tends to be genius most of the time.
My biggest concern is the lack of growth in the passing game, even while they are learning (excellent point). And the repeated mistakes (penalties, drops, poor angles on blocking, poor pass protection, no vertical shots, few WCO plays, horrendous play calling at inopportune times, etc.) and not learning from teams that have beat us (Giants & Rams). Are we really learning from our mistakes...growing?
I think you raise many valid points and concerns. And your analysis shows that you have a great knowledge and understanding of NFL football. (I'm a little jealous.)
I believe you're also correct that we all need more patience. Face it, we were spoiled in the past, and then starved for quality coaching for a decade or so.
So now, when things have finally turned around, we want them to be like they were in the 80s and 90s right now, immediately!
Lots of fans expect a Superbowl win this year. Much as I'd love to see that, I'm going to be happy if they just make the playoffs again. I believe that another Superbowl win is coming, but it may be next year, or even the year after, before realistic expectations should be that high. IMHO.
In the interim, watching the team grow and improve is alot of fun, although some of the repeated mistakes you point out are frustrating to watch at times. Its still great that guys like you take the time to post critiques and analysis, point out areas of weakness and problems to address, as well as discussing strengths and improvements.
Posts like that make NinerTalk worth reading. IMHO.