Originally posted by DirtyP:
The formula to beat us was never a secret. You still have to go out and beat the 49ers, thats the difficult part
My whole thing was, we're mostly exposed when we play against really good teams b/c we can't answer to what makes then really good i.e. consistent passing and defense that somewhat replicates ours.
You have a guy like Eli who's basically setting the scene to say he's gonna come out and throw laser accurate passes on a consistent basis, Alex probably feels like he's gotta come out and outdo Eli which puts more pressure on him to perform. Then there's our playcalling that does get too cute when we wanna generate some kind of momentum instead of just pounding the ball to set up the big plays. To beat us the team has to be patient offensively and defensively has to pressure the sh** out of Alex and force him to try and play a game like Eli did.
It sucks to see Alex not be able to have the ability to throw throw throw and have the game on his shoulders like I wish he could, but the reality to me here says that handing the ball off to Frank will make him more comfortable to come out just b/c he's playing OFF of someone instead of trying to do too much himself. Again, sucks to say this with our receiving corps and all the options we have.
With that said on the other hand our formula is to run and set up the pass since we're not a consistent passing offense. Hand that ball off to Frank and get Hunter (who's been really productive) involved too so we can get some successful PA's going. The passing offense is very exciting but I don't think it'll work in big games like against NO and NE, there's just something about these big games where our passing-every-down doesn't work.
I think we should just revert back to the fundamentals of our offense and start running the ball (this should give our D much more rest too). Play 49er football and put this NYG game behind us.