Originally posted by WildBill:
The 49ers were more dynamic and scored quicker with Kaep, through no fault of his. Where as Alex might take a sack for instance and the clock ran. Kaep might take off on runs to get a first down and more. So where as Alex might still keep the drive going, he'd be maybe 3rd and ten or fifteen, where as Kaep would be 1st and 10 -20 to 30 yards down field. Alex took a lot more sacks. That is but one example, Also, the niners ran more with Alex, so that is another. Still, this is why we need to get people to rotate in their on the D-line. Cause Kaep is gonna strike fast and in chunks on quite a few drives. If anyone is going to say we should slow it down, I will say no, we need to pick it up on D, get more turnovers or ST do their part, after the success in the first year, these two factors bottomed out last year.
First, I think everybody agrees that there needs to more/better rotation on the defensive line.
The time of possession element has me a bit confused.
Clearly, if our offense is a quick strike offense, the speed at which we score will reduce our TOP.
If the offense methodically marches down the field, our TOP will increase.
The speed at which the offense moves the ball is not the only thing that affects our TOP.
Our TOP is also influenced by the defense.
If our defense forces a three and out, the opponents TOP is also reduced, our defense gets off the field faster, and the offensive gets another drive faster.
Conversely, if their defense shuts us down, our TOP is reduced, and the defense has to go back our on the field quicker.
Penalties also influence the TOP.
How many of our drives were killed by false starts, holding, illegal formations, etc. How many opponent's drives were extended by penalties?
These errors influence the TOP, and their impact can do much more than harm our TOP.
The first play of the Super Bowl. C.Kaepernick pass deep left to 85-V.Davis to SF 40 for 20 yards. Wiped out by an illegal formation call. Instead of being on our 40, we start over at the 15. That is a difference of 25 yards. We run three plays and punt from our 17 yard line.
Baltimore starts their series on the 49. They get down to our 18. It is 3rd and 9-SF 18. J.Flacco pass incomplete deep middle.But, there is a penalty on SF. Ahmad Brooks was offsides. We had them stopped except for that error.
Next play, Flacco throws for a touchdown.
We need to rotate the defensive line and we need to reduce the penalties that kill our drives or prolong our opponents drives.
I also agree that we should not try to slow it down, unless we talking about a long time consuming drive to kill the clock at the end of the game.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM ]