Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
In retrospect, Dilfer said his criticisms had as much to do with the state of the 49ers' offense on Nov. 11 as it did with Kaepernick. He labeled the 49ers "a circa 1970s passing game" which relies heavily on the run and with play-action designed to get only one or two receivers open.
"They're mad at me for saying that, but they don't have a real complex passing game that has multiple progressions built-in, protection adjustments, a lot of layers to it,"
Dilfer said.Since the Carolina game, Dilfer sees a much more decisive quarterback, citing the return of wide receiver Michael Crabtree as a factor."The best thing he's doing is letting it rip, making big-time throws into contested coverage and getting the ball out of his hand,"
Dilfer said. "And when it does break down and his instinct is to run, he obviously has tremendous ability to do so, as we saw against Green Bay."
So what you're saying is someone other than us Zoners were actually right about the AR offense and it's not just what "amateurs and fanboys" think? We keep saying this and the more NFL analysts and people outside of our discussion confirm what we've been saying, we still get told (however beautifully with "All-22" pictures and diagrams and videos) that we're not seeing that and this really is a modern, pro-style, passing offense. Moreover it confirms that if ONE piece of this offense is missing, it becomes almost non-functional against better opponents.
It just simply isn't - at least not most of the time.
NCommand ..... I'm sure you saw this ... sounds like what both you and I and others have been saying....
Trent Dilfer, who played for Shula when Shula was the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator from 1996 to 1999 and currently is an analyst for ESPN, recently told a Bay Area radio station there are no progressions in the 49ers' passing game. "They're calling a play for a defense, for a player and, if that play is called wrong, that second, third, fourth option isn't going to get the ball very often. They don't have the type of offensive structure and Colin isn't the type of quarterback that there are five eligible receivers and anyone can get the ball."
This style of passing offense allows coaches to do most of the thinking, and it makes quarterback, the most difficult position in sports, much easier to play: Just fire the ball to the primary receiver if he's open and, if he's covered, run for your life.
When the 49ers' passing game is clicking and Kaepernick is hitting wide-open receiver after wide-open receiver, that means Greg Roman is guessing correctly. He's calling plays designed to get one player open against the type of coverage he expects the opposing team to use on that play. When Roman guesses incorrectly, you don't see Kaepernick reset his feet and find his second and third targets. There are no second and third targets. Those guys are decoys clearing space. When Roman guesses incorrectly, Kaepernick has to flip the ball to a running back in the flat, or scramble, or get sacked.
Sometimes Roman guesses correctly and the play fails anyway. This happened against the Packers last Sunday. Roman called a pass for Vernon Davis, who ran deep and out toward the right sideline and beat his man. Anquan Boldin was supposed to sprint to the end zone and clear space for Davis, but Boldin stopped sprinting 10 yards into his route and started jogging. Boldin knew he wasn't getting the ball. He was a decoy, and receivers don't run as hard when they are decoys. It's human nature.
Tramon Williams, the Packers' cornerback covering Boldin, saw him start to jog and stopped covering him. Williams saw Kaepernick wind up and throw to Davis.Williams broke on the pass and easily intercepted it.
Yes, I know many don't want to hear this is the type of passing offense we have, but it is. I think as Colin becomes more comfortable, we will see more pro-style. However it would seem that NCommand and others here aren't the only ones who have been seeing the AR offense as the primary passing philosophy. I know people will drag out the diagrams, but I'm just inclined to believe analysis from Dilfer, Gruden, Young and others ....
[ Edited by NinerGM on Jan 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM ]