Originally posted by NCommand:
Brother, you can steal it and then copyright it! I'm a team-guy!
Good question. I genuinely think we have drafted and brought in good character team players. They know we can win like this and some games Moss will be double covered all game and others it will be VD or a team will stack up to stop Gore. We have a very selfless team and they are tight. Against the Jets, remember, we ran for 23,000 yards. I'm sure Gore/Hunter and the OL had a field day. And against the Bills, we showed some of our true capabilities/explosiveness in the passing game .
I guess my point is, we finally have all the talent to make a serious run (on paper) and be even more balanced and diverse. And these players have worked VERY hard all off season to make a difference and put themselves in the best position to succeed. But I think that bubbling undertone of dissent is brewing more and more the longer proven playmakers don't get the ball (e.g. VD, Moss, Manningham, Hunter, etc.). And player will take one for the team but eventually they want to be used for more...naturally.
We see it with Jacobs already and understandably so, but to keep perspective, we've barely used Hunter the past few games as well. In fact, he only got 3 carries and 1 pass against the Rams and this is while Gore is "injured."
But, at the end of the day, this is just speculation on my part and this is a very selfless team willing to do all the dirty work so others can succeed and that is exactly what you need from a winning team. Moss and VD will continue to take doubles so Crabtree can excel, Alex will adhere to the game plan so Gore/OL can do their thing and J.Smith will keep racking up invisible stats so A.Smith can get his pro bowl votes. Team game!
But to take it to the next level...a championship level; I think this coaching staff is going to have to learn how to use all the weapons we have, use them correctly and certainly use them MORE than they have so far over the past 9 games IMHO.
I think you make some very good points here. Just speculating, but I believe Jim's philosophy is that he wants all these offensive weapons to use at his disposal IF he needs to and not because he HAS to. He wants other teams to have to gameplan for ALL those guys, but in fact, has his own gameplan on a team by team basis. Every week is going to be different in approach. Some days they'll air it out more, and most days they won't. It's become frustrating but I believe this is how the coaches are scheming.
You would think they'd let Alex throw for 300yd/game and get more players involved, get higher scores, and let the D pin their ears back with a good lead, but I keep hearing him say "we need to start ahead" every week, so I keep thinking to myself, is he just trying to play keep away and field position all game in order to win at the cost of not using all these weapons???? The problem is, as most have stated here, our ST performance has dropped off the most of our units, so Jim's playing with fire now. He also doesn't want to conform to being a "passing" team since we have a great run game. I'm just wondering if he has any alternate or contingency plans for when things don't work for us, whether on O or D. We got down 14-0 against the Rams and you could see the HUGE frustrations on his face on the sidelines because we had to get away from our gameplan.
Bottom line, is he confident enough that his players will fully execute when the gameplan doesn't go as expected (MIN/NYG/STL)? Also, are the players confident enough that Jim will give them the chance to try a little more RISK on both O (more passing?) and D (more blitzing?) in these scenarios?
We are a very good team with lots of potential to make a deep playoff run, but my confidence is slowing getting less and less with the INCONSISTENCY that's been happening in 2012 vs 2011. That's all I have to go on with this coaching staff over 27 total games coached, so it's hard to think otherwise. I truly believe some of the gameplans and schemes are holding the talent back this year.