Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Our coaches were good at half time adjustments until this season. Remember the NFC Championship? We can't have a short term memory in light of our recent struggles.
I was wondering what happened to this as well. The Niners got off to slow starts seemingly every game last season. Then adjustments would be made and they would come storming back in the second half.
It seems this year's team has somewhat reversed that trend. They're trying to jump out to early leads and then simply sit on them and hope the defense holds up. If the Niners can't get that early lead this year, they seem relatively helpless to get back in a game. Maybe it's the receivers, but it really seems to be a team wide problem the more I think about it. I know I ripped on Roman earlier in the thread (and I still think he bears the brunt of the responsibility as it is the coordinator's job to put the offense in a position to win) but this offense as a whole seems lost.
I would venture to say it starts with Roman and his complex offense, complete with all the shifts he likes to make. Then add in an over-coached QB who is thinking far too much out there, a receiving corps that is essentially new, and some goofy issue with play calls getting in late and I think it's a recipe for disaster. At the very least it is a way to significantly slow an offense.