Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Adrian, you basically just reinforced my fears...ie, does roman, or really HaRo have the "IT" to push us over the goal line. Horrid game planning, more horrible play calling against the elite teams (and no I didn't forget we crunched a very good GB team in game 1)....can HaRo overcome the "fear" of playing an elite team? Now, we got a partial answer against SEA at home. My question is that for a guy I pegged as the savior of this franchise, is Harbaugh able to put a string of well planned , well called games together against the very types of teams we have lost to this yr? I still believe in harbaugh, but I am suspicious that when the rubber hits the road, he goes into some kind of shell...the kind we call "playing not to lose".
Kap is another issue. I had not been convinced that he was the problem or was it the playcalls or game planning. In fact it was a combination. Kap's shortcomings had been staring down receivers, running out of time on 24 second clock, not seeing open receivers, completely losing his ability to hit anyone on a short hitter over the middle or slant "short 4-6 yrd" pass. After reviewing jonnydel's incredible "learning tapes", a lot of what kap has done I never noticed. Now, whether we have an AR or PS playcalled, one of out best outcomes comes from busted plays...and there kap is a wizard, whether in a Houdini escape or those two recent sideline passes of 15 and 23 yds, where both receivers were standing just inside the OOB line...that is where I see greatness.
From the above, the coaching, playcalling is by far and away the most troublesome. I didn't mention kap's great points as most know them. In slow mo, with arrow instruction, it is apparent that kap is playing very well, except for the lapses noted above. Ergo, the playcalling, the balling up into a protective shell on O playcalls...those are the things that will bring us down unless HaRo can overcome what makes one wonder "are they afraid of being bold, and doing the things necessary to go out and take away a game from an elite competitor?". At present, just guessing, I would say that Coach H is on the precipice of overcoming the need to "play not to lose"...thus causing a loss.
Also, the "brain fades" in the games with ELITE teams...I have no idea what that means unless it again is, "playing not to lose". Can HaRo overcome that insidious, treacherous thot process? I don't know because HaRo has beaten elites, and then next week fallen off a cliff. I wonder at times if kap ever worries "if Coach will have his schidt together today or not?" Probably not, as kap has more than enough to worry about anyway.
What I do see is a great team, with superior talent, poised to win. Question is will Coach H, or HaRo, take the leap?
pas, you bring up a fantastic point in terms of "mindset." My biggest issue to date I have with this coaching staff is the philosophies they subscribe too. On ST, it's all about the fair catch. On defense, if we're up, it's all about the prevent-a-win defense. 3rd and 5? CB's are playing off 15 yards...keep everything in front of you. On offense, it's all about TOP, no TO's and a rudimentary college-like AR (safe) passing game to support the clock-eating running game. 3rd and 15? Get ready for the draw up the middle. Clearly there is a conservative coaching mindset...a "philosophy," if you will that all subscribe too. And you know what? It's going to work a good portion of the time for a variety of reasons...BUT, when you get into the playoffs and you play teams with quality DC's with quality personnel, a conservative mindset can lose you a critical game too. One thing we always see is that when we play quality playoff teams, we see the long grocery list of magnified issues come to the surface (I actually created a thread on these recently just to help gauge if we are improving or getting worse from game to game - b/c you never stay the same).
The fact that Roman holds plays in his back pocket, to me, speaks volumes about this offensive philosophy as well. Rather then showing all of our cards all year long (i.e. perfecting them) and forcing DC's to game plan for everything, Roman is hoping to lull a DC to sleep and then smoke-and-mirror them with a back-pocket play, catch them off guard and THAT PLAY being the difference in a game. Interesting...thought on this mentality?
It's going to be interesting to see how HaRoMan adjust to the huge loss of Bruce Miller and if we'll continue to take baby steps forward with the additions of Crabtree and Manningham back esp. with a banged up Gore now. Personnel issues sometimes force a coaches hand to rethink their own conservative coaching philosophy. And sometimes that ends up being a blessing in disguise.
PS: Your bolded is a HUGE concern of mine. Without a DOUBT, the best plays we've had over the past several games since Crabtree has been back have been on these broken AR or PS plays...the ad lib plays. On one hand, this is great b/c we were horrendous in this category earlier in the year when the two main AR's were bottled up in VD and Boldin but on the other hand, we shouldn't be having to rely so much on all these incredible individual efforts either...they may come back and bite us in the playoffs.
[ Edited by NCommand on Dec 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM ]