Originally posted by verb1der:
Re: first down production, I believe Hunter's injury has a direct reflection on that stat. His 5.2 ypc is nearly elite. That's why I don't call him a backup RB but a co-starter. Imagine having 2 RBs both averaging 5+ ypc, that's just unheard of!!! I hate thinking about it, because it's a depressing loss.
Anyways, I re-watched the Dolphins game yesterday. They ran the Q 17 times the entire game, and LMJ looked really comfortable and had a couple nice runs (including an one on the inside). Hunter used to be the primary RB in this formation and I can honestly say that LMJ poses an equivalent threat. He's looks comfortable, runs pretty hard, and is very quick in his cuts. As long as they have a RB threat in the Q formation, it'll keep defenses honest, and eventually open up big plays like the 50 yard flea flicker bomb to Moss, that fell RIGHT in his hands!
I'm definitely very enthusiastic NC. I know the conventional wisdom says pocket passing prevails, and I agree it does. And that's what makes it exciting, because Kaep CAN be a pocket passer (bears & saints game), AND he can produce in the run game.
Anyways, check out Rodney Harrison thoughts on the difficulty of playing vs Bellicheck, and the QB that gives the 49ers a better advantage.
Quote: Harrison, who played with Jim Harbaugh from 1999 to 2000 with the Chargers, said his former teammate didn't do opposing defensive coordinators any favors by inserting Kaepernick over Alex Smith.
"When you have a guy that talented, why wouldn't you?" Harrison said. "You'd be an idiot not to play him. When I game-plan against Alex Smith, 'OK, let's stop Frank Gore. OK, maybe there's such-and-such in the slot. Maybe we'll double-team (Randy) Moss when he comes in on 2nd-and-14 just in case there's a deep ball.' It's a simple game plan.
"But you have to game-plan against Kaepernick, plain and simple. You have to take him into consideration. Who's going to spy him? Where are we going to blitz him? Are we going to keep him in the pocket? He changes everything."
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Belichick-s-know-how-challenges-49ers-4121687.php#ixzz2FErWbkOG
Absolutely! Hunter was one of my favorite players, no doubt. I felt very happy with James and genuinely felt all along he was in a similar mold as Hunter. So if he can continue to produce in Hunter-like fashion, I'll be stoked...Gore will be stoked and Roman will be most stoked of them all.
The first production I was highlighting all year (about 61% of 4+ yards) was d/t a number of factors (running, passing, QB line calls, reading defenses, play calls, etc.). We have been outstanding all year long...it's where most of our explosive plays and TD's come from. I wouldn't expect too much of a drop off with CK and the new offense. But I am intrigued.
17 times? Wow, that's pretty significant...that may be more proof that this is more of an offensive evolutionary change moreover a new "wrinkle." I'm VERY curious to see how much we'll run the Q tonight and the next 2 games. It should be very telling.
Keep up that enthusiasm and keep pointing out your perspectives. I'm sure fans are still struggling with the decision in general (more the timing of it and what's in line; unfinished business) and are currently struggling to see the difference. The good news is that both Alex/CK camps are starting to see the "truth" now - that there were many other factors that were affecting the QB's play/decision-making/production more than we all realized.
But like you said, if this is part of the evolution, I highly doubt anyone would care about the "style" as long as the production level increases and becomes more explosive and productive and consistent.
Nice compliments by Rodney Harrison. HaRoman are always looking for that extra little add to give the defense something else to think about and stay off-balanced. No doubt CK has many abilities...here's to hoping we play to ALL of his strengths and #6!