I have been viscerally sick since midway thru our last game, seeing a replay of the SEA game, the NFCC game(2 yrs ago), and the SB. So why did it happen? How could a team be in the NFCC game one yr, then the SB the next, and then come out this yr and play like none of the players or coaches had ever been in a NFL game before? Here's a couple ideas:
At one moment in time, Kap got promoted before he should have been, even tho he was more talented than alex. Sure you could make a case for promoting kap, but you could also make a case for sticking with alex, with his 60% pass completion plus winning record. Coach wanted kap, and we got him. At that very moment in time, Kap was indisputably the VERY BEST read/option QB on the planet
(RG3 was pretty good also). We raked GB with the R/O, then went to SEA and the R/O got exposed.
Pete the cheat had it figured out. And everybody in the league virtually overnite figured out how to defend it.
Additionally, it became apparent that kap was an incredibly gifted athlete, and became an overnite sensation....based on false pretenses
....the R/O. R/O was a flash in the pan, a gimmick offense
, that when first seen , fooled everybody. Sadly, the NFL learned quickly how to stop it, and everybody but our HC and OC realized it
. With kap's cannon for an arm, plus the R/O, he was all world. Now, faced with the abrupt end of R/O, Kap looks like a kid who is in his 3rd yr in the league, and doesn't seem to grasp the O game plan or game calls he is expected to complete. He was told(correctly) to not run so much or he would end his career, much like RG3. So he quit running. Completely. He just stands there like a wooden pole, and as the OL breaks down , as it has for the last 3 yrs, he just manfully takes his sacks.
In frustration, being asked to throw the ball downfield instead of throwing quick short slants and outs(WCO), kap is trying to beat teams with long to medium range passes that our OL cannot block for
. Kap throws 86 mph fastballs to guys 10 feet away, and 3 of those have bounced straight up , 15 feet in the air. One was an INT
. Kap is frustrated with the schidt for game plan, and sees his brilliant career go into the toilet. His OC, Roman, sees none of this
, just remembering how well that R/O worked at the end of last yr
. In fact, roman is fixated with it. He can no more see that the R/O is done. Over. Kaput
....than he can throw a truck over the empire state building. And our HC? Welp, he's in roman's corner, certain that if roman likes it, he does too. JH is not looking at what is real and happening right now. He too, is still fixated with the R/O and the "GO LONG" theory.
This has resulted in a terrifically talented QB going backwards in his career, a lucky OC not seeing the present and living in the past, and a HC who should know better, but obviously doesn't
. On top of all this, we have Vic Fangio, DC, who blitzed SEA once , and that was at the goal line , giving up an easy TD. Right now this team is leaderless, has no game plan to correct the above, and is just staggering thru the motions. The loss of p-52 and aldon sure don't help, but we have a great HC who right now is clueless. JH is a smart man. He knows his OL cannot passblock. He runs Frank into an 8 man line and then wonders why it didn't work.
Coach Harbaugh is THE HEAD COACH. Right now he needs to grab the reins of O and D, and change course
. Go back to our strength, the shorter passes which will work...and will get 8 guys off the LOS. He will help his QB regain his composure and will help his RB be able to run effectively. By also running the D, he will see when it is a good time to blitz and when isn't. I have faith in Coach H. I do not have any in roman, and very little in fangio
. So here's a suggestion, Jim. Do the damn coaching yourself. Relying on guys who continue to fail, continue to put out a bad product, is going to make you fail.
You are the HC. Act like one. Bellichek has called both O and D for yrs. Time for you to put on both hats, and then you will be an effective HC. Allegiance to roman and vic are going to bring you down. Get rid of the guys who have mismanaged the O and D.
In short, cc has been right from the gitgo about roman and fangio...and my feelings about those two guys haven't changed either.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM ]