Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Legbreaker:
Of course we do. The 49ers shifted from a multi-read, multi-set WCO attack (which was at a disadvantage because of inconsistent play from its receivers and lack of true "lid lifter") to a hyper modded Pistol attack. The Pistol offense that we shifted to features a lot of single read play action, but also some 2 and 3 read patterns. The reason the 49ers made that change was to get as much as they could out of Colin Kaepernick by elevating his comfort, shortening his read progression, and letting him read pieces of the field instead of the entire field.
The offense is almost entirely dependent on the threat of the run...especially on the single read patterns.
What killed the 49ers on the last sequence of the Super Bowl was that LMJ was in the backfield. That telegraphed that there was no real threat of the run (read option or otherwise). LMJ cannot effectively attack gaps between the tackles (especially with a short field, and a packed in front 7) which allowed the Ravens to pay careful attention to the perimeter. They guessed that the single read was Crabtree, and that was it.
Had Gore been on the field (in the Q), Lewis and Ellerbe would have been isolated on Miller and whichever of the TEs was lined up in the backfield. Gore's presence would have provided enough of of a threat of the run that the Ravens would have been forced to check out of their blitz, forcing the linebackers to read. Ellerbe and Lewis are by far the most limited in coverage on that D, and they should have been targeted. Neither matches up well with Walker or Davis. A single read out of that set to a TE (on a drag, slant or square in) would have been ideal.
Well stated. James gave Harbaugh fits in the RZ in college so he may have used him there for that reason, but it is odd that Gore was not on the field. Agree also about the need to switch to the Pistol for Kaepernick's comfort level, but that does not explain the lack of spreading the offense before the QB change.
The team tried using the spread more with Smith at QB and had some success, but that requires some receivers being able to read the D and modify their routes when there is a blitz. Gore did well as an outlet this year, compared to previous years. VD still is not that type of TE...he just does not adjust well. CK really helped the receivers because his rocket arm allowed him to wait on them so if they couldn't get open on a route he could still get the ball to them late. Can't stress that enough--arm strength really allows CK to recognize and hit an open guy in a split second.
As one of those who hate the run-first WCO, the Pistol is a breath of fresh air adding another dimension. I still prefer the multi-read passing game of Walsh allowing the QB to scan four receivers who all know they may be getting the ball--keeping them motivated. Also loved the use of a fullback as a receiver and wish they had used Miller more in the Super Bowl. Perhaps that's passe...but I don't think so, just may need better receivers--not physically better but mentally...and experienced.
Awesome post by you both and spot on.
Like I said in previous posts, I have no idea what kind of offense we run and I wish someone would ask CK (or another) what it's foundation is built on. WCO principles with some Q formations added in? The fact that we're run-oriented is counter to a WCO. In the WCO, the short passing game is an extension of the running game that softened up the defense, made them defend the entire field and read-and-react more. It was designed to dominate teams out of the gate and build up big leads to which the "running game" would take over in the second half of games. Adding this altogether, again, I still have no idea what offense we run, plan to run, what philosophy we adhere to, what direction we'll now go, etc.
Like I said previously, I think it's a lot of smoke and mirrors right now d/t only being 10 games in with CK and changing the attack mid-season. And the slow starts were very telling re: proper game planning and we also had a pattern to struggle in the RZ with passing plays (most scoring plays were running plays run by Gore/CK) and passes that DID go for TD's in the RZ were typically on routes run by the WR well short of the EZ and required the WR to get RAC to score; very few, if any, were routes run IN the EZ.
It bit us in the ass on the final series from 7 yards out. If you needed further proof as to the college-like one-receiver option we ran, here it is (and watch the pre-determined passes by CK on the series):
CK on the final pass play when the Ravens blitzed for the 5th straight time: "They were in cover-0 and we didn't have a play called for that so I audibled for a fade to Crabs."
This is mind-boggling and speaks to how Roman has little, if any situational awareness at times. After 4 straight cover-0 blitzes, you call a play that doesn't account for that and force a young QB to audible to the lowest % pass there is when the defense is already keyed in on him (Crabs)? Unbelievable!
BTW: @ the 2:17 minute mark, someone in the background says, "Don't choke this time." WTH? LOL. Messed up...CK was NOT a happy camper during this interview; as expected.
"King points out that Roman rolled out 13 different alignments on the first 13 plays against the Baltimore Ravens. That included a whopping 12 unique combinations of running backs, receivers and tight ends -- but it's what the49ers couldn't do down the stretch that will be remembered in the Bay Area until the end of days."
That is a LOT of smoke and mirrors for a young team esp. to START a Superbowl. Wow!
[ Edited by NCommand on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM ]