Originally posted by taney71:
The takeaway I get from the Steve Young piece is that Alex Smith should be starting and the team should go back to what it did last year and for most of this year.
Instead, as Young implies, the team is spreading out the WRs and throwing the ball deep. Those deep passes aren't working so the team starts the first drive of the Seatlle game 2nd and 10 instead of 2nd and 5 with a run or short pass. This deep pass crap was never part of the West Coast offense. Sure Rice and Taylor had big pass plays but that was off mainly short passes. There was the occassional long pass but not like we saw so much last game.
Oh, and I hate the pistol offense. I think the Seakhawks figured it out and others teams will as well. Its too gimkicky for the NFL>
No, you're incorrect, imho. You're letting the QB change confuse you about what Steve Young is saying--which is that the playcalling
should go back to the tight formation, running game, "rely on the bell cow to set up play action" that was used against Chicago.
I think Steve Young's correct. Starting off with the tight formation, even with jumbo packages, means that the Niners O-line gets to pound on the other team to start with and should impose their will on them.
They started off with the passing game against Seattle, went three and out, and then Seattle used a pound the ball running attack on them. Total momentum shift to Seattle, which let them be the bullies and changed the nature of the entire game.
The concern SY voices about not allowing that to happen in December is a valid one, too. Even GB, which played at Seattle in the "Fail Mary" game, came back from a horrible first half where they were getting bullied--and took the game down to the final play.
Seattle is better now than they were back then, but the Niners should have been able to come back in the second half against them even more than they did. Manningham's injury play was big in that regard--a turnover in the red zone, plus the loss of a WR--devastating play in several ways.
The only silver lining from that game is that the Niners didn't quit. IMHO.