Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Well put NC. I have started to think more about our HC also, because it IS his team. He ultimately decides who does what and when. Hence he has to share in the blame for what has been some unmitigated disastrous playcalling or game planning against SEA up there this yr and last. Hard to say this but Coach H is at heart a man who is really , really conservative. The only way to break that I think is to get an aggressive playcaller in who likes to use all the pieces on the chessboard, and who likes to throw to multiple targets on every play. When you look back, JH has as much culpability here as does hard head roman.
Actually, my choice for OC would be...Coach H. I would love to see a former NFL Qb of 14yrs experience be calling our plays, not roman. At least that way there is no question about who is responsible for our inept playcalling against the elites...against poorer teams roman does well. In big game, not so. Sure we beat GB. But the next two games were so conservative, that we deserved to lose. It isn't all just roman. JH is part and parcel of this problem of playcalling and game plan calling.
Yes, I would like to see roman go. But first I would like to see JH call one game entirely on his own...say in England, against a weak sister? Won't happen, but I think a guy who knows better than roman would do a better job. I just think sometimes, roman says "play x-52" and JH agrees. I'd love to see that change.
I agree with the bolded. Harbaugh has the final say on every game plan. He's the head coach and that's the responsibility of the head coach, to put his stamp of approval on every game plan as it pertains to all three phases of the game. I put the blame more on Harbaugh when he decided to throw heavily in the IND game when the ground game was clearly working. I see the IND game as a better example of poor game planning when compared to this year's SEA game (week 2).
It's unclear to me what Roman's role is when it comes to gameday playcalling. I've seen some posters say that Roman calls the run play, Geep Cryst calls the pass play, then Harbaugh picks which one. If that's the case, then Harbaugh is deciding run/pass. Also, how is this public knowledge? I have not seen an interview where Harbaugh/Roman states that this is how it works on gameday. Just curious where this was stated.
Harbaugh may call his own plays one day, but he's still a young coach when it comes to the NFL and perhaps he thinks he isn't ready yet. That he brought in Mangini makes me believe Harbaugh acknowledges he doesn't quite know enough about the league where he believes he can generate all the strategic angles and viewpoints as it relates to game planning.
To your underlined point, I do not think Harbaugh is "really really conservative", although I suppose that depends a lot on each person's definition of "conservative". He made the move to Kap when he had a good thing going with AS last season. Not because Kap would yield less turnovers, but because he can do more with Kap. He came out favoring the pass to start this season (GB, SEA, IND). It wasn't until he realized that the WR corp was not up to snuff, and that Kap wasn't quite ready to shoulder the brunt of the offensive load that he backed off and got back to the ground game as the featured aspect of this offense. My bet is that once WR reinforcements arrive, and once Kap truly grasps all the skills of quarterbacking (whenever that may be), we'll see much more of a passing offense, much to my chagrin. Harbaugh "goes for it" when it's 3rd and long, another trait that does not make him conservative in my eyes.
[ Edited by thl408 on Oct 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM ]