Something to think about.
I'll caveat this with - I know little of Dallas Cowboys 1960s and 1970s history. But I did watch "A Football Life - Tom Landry" - largely by accident this morning and was about to change the channel when this happened...
They lay down the premise that Landry runs one of the most complex offenses in the league and after breaking down into tears after a tough season, the Cowboys became dominant but couldn't win the SB.
"for five straight years the Cowboys fell short in the post-season..."
"next year's champion...can't win the big one..."
"it must have been galling to know how good they were and how close they were."
"They get to SB 5, and they are better than the Colts, but EVERYTHING goes wrong...tipped passes...turnovers"
"Dallas should have been well-ahead..."
Staubach: "On my paper (our offense) was exactly what we needed to do, but it was too complicated."
"You only have so much time..."
"In 1971, the NFL's Smartest Coach did the hardest thing - he dumbed down his system"
"He changed, made it a lot more flexible and simplified it."
After the change in offense, the Cowboys won 9 straight and Super Bowl VI.
So that takes us to now - where the team had 5 yards to go and collapsed and ultimately did not put their top talent in positions to succeed.
The 49ers have one of, if not the, most talented rosters in the league. In 2013, is it time to simplify, simplify, simplify and just allow the players to play?