Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by HearstFan:
With the 49ers off this weekend it was good to watch the other games and see the various offenses at work. Wow, to your points above:
1. The 49ers offense seems stunted in comparison to the execution of other teams even using rookie QBs -- Luck, RG, and Wheeton.
2. Other QBs seem much more willing to throw into tight coverage - even Sanchez. While he made some weak and bad throws, he also threw a few dart right through coverage to his guy - Keller TD example.
3. Other QBs do not look lost after their primary is taken away, they seem to go quickly to a viable check down alternative.
While ASmith may be limited, the design of the offense also seems to be a real limitation for all the points made in this thread.
Ouch - that seems like a big issue to fix mid-season. I was hoping that was going to be fixed in the off season.
It's hard to watch at times. I try to keep perspective and remind myself that we're only 1.5 years into the minimum, 3 year WCO project BUT, this doesn't look ANYTHING like a WCO to me in any way. I know we have highlighted videos of Harbaugh and esp. Roman harping on not turning the ball over, taking the sack, how the TO's-to-Wins/Losses is the strongest correlated stat in the NFL, etc. but at some point, you need to take the reigns off and stand by your QB to "call" the game or play without fear. There just seems to be SO many factors, including Alex himself, that are playing into this fail at times as I've already highlighted. And I didn't even touch on pass protection and the receivers themselves (trust/chemistry together).
As to the poster who asks what the heck we are doing in practice? I have no idea given that the media isn't allowed in to see but for all the secrecy, I don't see a need for it b/c it's not like we're running an elaborate offensive scheme here (at least not in the passing game).
Agree again. I have posted this before:
Phil Simms says it himself - that he played afraid of making mistakes under Parcels. It wasn't until Bill literally told him in the tunnel before a game -- "Just throw the damn ball. I don't care if you have 4 interceptions - just let it go." Phil says after that he started to really play and blossom into a good QB.
ASmith needs that as well. If the 49ers can get some security int he division and ahead in games, instead of going conservative, they need to sling it and see if they can get this passing game going.
The crazy part is, when Smith has nothing to lose - or maybe I should say the game is on the line -- and he starts turning it loose, he actually does well. Those two throws to VD at the end of the Saints playoff game were amazing lasers into tight windows. Yet, when Smith plays afraid to make a mistake, and then tries to make something happen on one play, it doesn't go well. It has to be a mentality that the offense employs ALL GAME.
PLAY LETHAL -- not afraid, not afraid of your own mistakes. Have to have the attitude you can get it back - hell with last INT.