Originally posted by sspiker:
But if we're trying to go with the person most responsible, it has to be Roman. Our offense looked dead out there, and looked to be performing at 10% of what we all know its capable of doing. Yes, St Louis has a good defense, and yes, they were pressuring Kap all game long, but we didn't make any adjustments, and we didn't call any of the plays that could let Kap make the type of plays that our coaches say were the reason they went with Kap in the first place! It made Kap look less than what he is, which in turn reflected poorly on Harbaugh, and led to another distracting week of people questioning the QB. Poor form.
I agree. Obviously Harbaugh has to share some of that blame, but the overall offensive gameplan and adjustments (or lack thereof) are on Roman. The repeated up-the-gut runs with Gore were ridiculous, something like 24 yds on 18 carries after he started 3 for 34 yds. Strategically, huge mistake by Harbaugh to not have James active, leaving you without a speed back who can hit the edges and get around the corner.
And late-3rd Qty into 4th, once it was very clear the Rams were not going to give up anything over the top, the slants/short routes to Crabtree were being completed almost at-will. So why stop and go back to Gore up the middle for no gain? Inexplicable, but that's what they did. Repeatedly.
Roman needs to stop paying attention to the media types who gush over how "brilliant" he is and, oh I dunno, actually be brilliant, or at least solidly mediocre.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM ]