Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Thl, no harm done, and in retrospect, I reread your post, and as noted, I noted the AS reference, and we WERE talking about two entirely different things. Sorry for the confusion.
jonnydel and Adrian I respect you guys and am in the process of completely relearning football as I thot I knew it since back in the B & W 12" TV days, that broadcast the mudbowl, circa 1956. After h.s. and then college, I have just watched games and thot I knew what I was seeing...but obviously didn't .Thanks to you two and Thl, and NC, it has been a revelation, not to mention a fascinating experience. But... I certainly agree the 2nd half we were coached a lot better, or heck, even well. The first half, however, had this been an elite team, which we face from here on out, we would have been blown out of the tub. The craziness of the calls, the nutty sequences, finding a winner and then going away from it, the disjointedness of what was being called...gad, it was painful...and also, nowhere near enough to get us past our first playoff game...let alone any others.
so I ask you: just exactly what would you all recommend we do, coaching wise, to get an entire game coached coherently? I wouldn't worry as bad if this were a first time event...but it isn't. It is the antithesis of a BW coached game, with the first 25 plays written on a cardboard. Here the first half is just by gosh and by golly, no reasoning, no direction, nothing. How in the world do we win from here on if we play goofball football the first half? Frankly we were lucky to win this one, giving the first half away like it didn't matter. Maybe some of this is on the players, but #81 and #15 were ready to play...not so much some of the others. But overall,the coaching calls in first half were epically bad. Why and how is this fixed? Or, can it be?
Rereading this maybe I answered my own question. Should we be using 25 scripted plays for the first half? Can't be any worse than it is now.
the most important thing they can do, is have a direct plan of action for every situation.
that's what's missing. they have a chart i imagine of possible plays and things we can try but they are probably labeled under play type. so in a 2nd and 5 from the 40 yard line.. when colin threw the bomb roman went to his "shot" plays. see what i mean?
then you see on a 3rd and 1 and a 3rd and 2 in the 1st half yesterday instead of securing the 1st down he went with his "confuse and gamble" plays that didn't pay off... jumbo formation fake the hand off hope the 1receiver breaks open fooling the coverage and getting a big chunk. and it didn't work, so it looks bad.
going forward we need to secure things. get positive gains on 1st depending on how positive we can take a shot or just get the 1st down.
i'll go back to my first posts in here and last night we got a glimpse of what i have been saying our offense should be or should have been or could be the entire season.
if you look at the 2nd half we came out and ran ar and progression routes spreading the falcons out and with crab and boldin able to beat their 1 on 1's (which they can do against anyone) the offense popped. this is an offense we can run at will but choose not too, OR we run a play or 2 like that and then mix it up and do something else.
which goes to my next point, personnel groupings.. how many times do we see someone make a play and then come out for 4 or 5 plays? that messes with rhythm. you need it kap needs it the offense needs it. so i feel we should commit to a style on a per series basis.
notice last night we ran our passing offense, and went down for the score which included rub routes and a wr screen.
and then on the next possession notice we went pistol and option read on them, rendering everything that the defensive coordinator and position coaches had been going over with them completely useless. and you see we march down the field and score.
and then notice the next possession the falcons adjusted their defense to defend colin from running and the option... and in response we ran power run plays no pass plays.. and broke every single one of them.. once again rendering everything that the defense just went over, making their adjustments useless
i don't know how many times i have said that there should be no way you can game plan against us. and that last night proved the point ive been making all along.
whatever a team preps for do the opposite.
against seattle and carolina they feel they can stop our power running.. they can't just power run it down their throats.. and especially against carolina their db's aren't up to par so beat their 1 on 1 coverage.. that's a win every time...
against a dallas or a chicago, run it. they cannot stop it period. just do it and keep doing it
you see what i mean?
whatever it is you want to stop, then we don't even run what you've been prepping for.. we just do something totally different and your plan is useless and the DEFENSE is guessing and winging it on possession by possession basis instead of US