Originally posted by HearstFan:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Charley Casserly on who the starter should be: "I'm gonna go with Alex Smith. I'm gonna go with the veteran here. CK played well last night but what was interesting to me, he (CK) started off the game 8 for 8. Those are scripted plays...game plan. He started off the second half 2 of 3. That's half time adjustments..."
He goes on to talk about how if he faces a more complex coverage scheme vs. the base defense the Bears played in (and CK talked about in the post game analysis), it will be significantly more difficult.
These are definitely fair points. I was surprised by the constant use of the Bears base coverage schemes - very little rotating zones, zone dogs, zone blitz, etc. It was almost as if they prepared only for a basic pass game and were ready to just stop the run. In the second half they were a bit more creative, but by then the 49ers were going more conservative with the pass game and more runs. The Bears are a very experienced defense - it was surprising they didn't revise the game plan more extensively early in the game to force CK into an error, and then the 49ers would have reverted to a run game plan that the Bears wanted from us.
True...teams have 1.5 years of tape of Smith in this offense and he's been getting better and better against teams that play us like it's their Superbowl. What we saw with CK was a defense that had no clue other than he can run and we would be focused on the run...and the result? They stacked 8-10 in the box all game long while we went 4 WR's, created a game plan that got VD the most involved he's been all season and attacked them deep on single coverage until we had a big lead and THEN we went big rush. It really was a brilliant game plan and very similar to the Buffalo game plan where our WR's were 1on1 almost the entire game and they won those battles and Alex took advantage. CK didn't play the Giants that night...he played a base defense geared up to stop the run and didn't change.
Now all this said, CK still had to make those plays and the coaches had to believe he could make those throws against a cover 2. And he did (like Alex against Buffalo).
But I think ppl are getting a little ahead of themselves. But either way, you have to be happy with how BOTH QB's have progressed after just 1.5 years of the 3 in this WCO that is, by far, THE most unique offense in the NFL. I was happy to see Roman grow some balls, happy with how every player executed and came out on fire and happy with the results and our future.
Who would have thought a #2 seed and the 3rd rated QB could be in a full-scale QB controversy? A lot of credit goes to coaching up CK and for him continuing to grow within it and always preparing himself properly.