Originally posted by NCommand:
Great ad lib plays with both Crabtree and VD (even Boldin on one). There is serious trust between he and these three, no doubt. When that AR wasn't opened or CK didn't pull the trigger, those three together on the field were much harder to cover via the ad lib. Who do you cover? I saw more 3 and 4 WR sets today which also helped and CK seemed to scan some more...showed a bit more patience and trust. I "think" the coaches gave him a few more pro-style, spread-like plays where he sat back in shot gun and picked his open reciever. I haven't had a chance to analyze the game yet for personnel packages, AR routes, progression reads, other formations but the passing game looked decent yesterday. The running game was garbage (same ol') and we still need lots of work on 1st down production (positive plays) and esp. the RZ. But it was nice to see a middle screen, short pass on first down, movement and throws outside the pocket, him sliding early, a few more ticks on the clock, etc.
Well the AR Decoy Offense finally has enough legit decoys that defenses can't cover effectively. Sure the passing game will look better, but again the majority of positive plays - especially the redzone TDs came off of Kap ad-libbing and not a designed, well coached, well executed offense. I was surprised we had the middle screen in the playbook and only God knows why it was called in the redzone. I expect the 49ers running game to struggle as long as teams continue to sell out to stop the run. I'm OKAY with passing under those formations because it's clearly advantage receivers when there's a ton of 1-1 coverage. However, the back shoulder throw to Q is read by a good corner is a easy pick 6. There are some throws that still concern me with Kap.
IMHO, being up by 14 points we have to continue to be aggressive. This game IMHO, was much closer than the score indicated because if the Rams don't beat themselves, it's a tie game - easily. Rogers has a lapse here and there and the pass-rush wasn't consistent at ALL. Brooks disappeared and we again rely on the FGs and the defense to win games. That won't happen again Seattle next week.
I still believe Kap is being coached poorly, and at best, he should have 4 plays to choose from - 2 runs and two passes, especially on 1st down when teams usually sell out to stop the run. If Kap sees base formation D, call the run between the tackles. If he sees 8 - 9 men in the box, call the pass. Again, not enough screens and not enough checkdowns to RBs and receivers running shallow crosses. Kap - interesting enough like Alex - get's locked on to the AR and waits, waits, waits, for someone to come open. That - IMHO, isn't a player issue, that's a coaching/offense design/philosophy issue.