Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Well with a full quarter difference in TOP between the two yeah.
How do they score when they don't have the ball? I don't get how that makes no sense. How does our defense expect to play well being out there 15 more minutes a game? You honestly thing that makes no difference? Again I said "maybe" cause this is nothing but a hypothetical, but I don't see how us not maintaining ball control had no effect on this game.
I think you're onto something here. I was very disappointed with the playcalling in the first half, and with the first offensive possession especially.
After halftime they reported Harbaugh as saying that they needed to simplify the plays called and get them in quicker. So Roman was trying to be too cute with his shifts and motion calls in the first half. Didn't he understand how difficult it would be to execute those kinds of plays in a stadium as loud as Seattle's?
The best defense is a good ground attack on offense that keeps the ball away from the other team. Where was that?
I think we shoulda pounded them with the running game--even if they put 8 in the box. Gore has beaten that kind of defense from Seattle before and would have at least expected it. He's their most experienced offensive player, and best able to perform in a big game under adverse conditions like they faced Sunday nite.
Really, I think alot of the blame for the poor performance this game has to go on Roman and the offensive game plan. IMHO.
Seattle might have still won the game, but if we came out with the idea that our O-line and Gore is gonna pound on them, it might have opened some passing lanes, and would have meant that we were just as physical as they were from the start.
Anytime there is a big game, its best to come out with an aggressive game plan and put pressure on the other team. That starts with a hard hitting offense. Give the O-line a chance to smash the other team's defense first and often, then see if that aggression doesn't spread to the rest of the team.
Roman started with a three and out passing attack, immediately giving Seattle the opportunity to start with their own aggressive ground attack.
I don't know if the Niners use the first 15 plays script that Bill Walsh used and made famous, but they should. It would give them a way to plan ahead and take advantage of the other team's weaknesses.