Originally posted by NCommand:Originally posted by jonesadrian:Originally posted by NCommand:He is an ideal slot WR if you have a TE like VD and two outside receivers like Boldin and Crabtree. He is super quick off the LOS, up to speed in 2 steps (ala Hunter) and has good RAC. But out wide at the X or Z? Hell no! KW needs to be clean to come off the LOS and find soft zones, clear out space, wheel routes, etc. Almost like how I thought we'd use McDonald. Clean release? This is also why we move Boldin (Ravens as well) inside to the slot in the RZ. Still, Manningham would be the more ideal slot WR if 100% healthy and back to form. I'm not confident we'll use McDonald, VD, Boldin, Williams or Manningham properly in the slot though at this juncture. That's a bummer b/c that is the easiest and quickest pass for CK to make and is the perfect outlet/hot read on a blitz. Obviously, I 100% agree with you on McDonald and his underutilization...the good news is that he's become an excellent blocker!
macdonald is criminally underused. criminally.
he has stepped up and done everything we asked him to do. he blocks excellent and he's a HUGE target who catches what you throw to him and runs over and through people after the catch...
we basically have Vern Davis ( top te imo) and we have Gronk (Macdonald) on our team and can't find a way to get him the ball, especially in the red zone.
HaRoMan should be arrested for illegal-use of McDonald! After all, he's the next Mike Ditka (was that Harbaugh's reference?). Anyhow, I laugh at this b/c for 6 straight weeks in my upcoming game thread posts, I've said the same thing and have finally given up...that the key to the game will be McDonald being that intermediate outlet for CK, finding those soft zones and then being a nightmare after he catches the ball. Then I remembered (6 weeks later) that we don't run a WCO. LOL!
roman is more then good when it comes down to to run game. when it comes to the passing game he and the rest of the staff come up short.
it's really not fare to judge them without knowing he inner workings so we DONT KNOW how well the youngsters are really progressing during practice which has a direct bearing on the plays they would allow them to participate in during game time. at the same time when the team has been forced to play some of the newer guys, for the most part they have performed well. its totally irrational thought but it seems as if the the younger players have to pass some sort of "right of passage " in order to get meaningful PT I know its BS but if they can help why not play them.
idk if you remember but somebody made the analogy, basically saying that calling a game is like being a boxer and all that it entails. tying punches together and putting ones self in a position to deliver your best shot (not just for the KO but for the flurries) half the time I feel as if our offense is recovering from a stroke, especially the passing attack. its like the brain has problems organizing the signals enough to orchestrate fluid movements (fluid scheme that makes the best use of what's available). granted we have one or two gimpy limbs out there right now but are coordinators recognizing how to best use all that's available..(THE STAFF KNOWS WAY MORE THAN ME).
from player packages to play design, sometimes I'm just sitting there wondering wth are they doing sometimes.