Originally posted by Rollininers:
I always thought with 8 men in the box u would want to throw deep so safeties don't creep up. Throwing short yards is too hard because there are aleady alot of traffic inside and blitzes happening. Now if WR are too sliw off jams will make it even harder.
That is the best way to beat 8, however, when you don't have WRs that can beat coverage deep, you have to do other things as well. One of those things is to throw in the 8-12 yard range, just behind the 8. That will force safeties and LBs off the immediate LOS. However, it also requires that the TEs in particular, and the RBs, be able to read defenses the same way as the QB in finding the open space. I just have not seen any evidence that players have been coached to do this ever since Mooch left. Eric Johnson was great at it. Vernon Davis, though a great deep threat, has not shown that ability. For that reason, I have high hopes for Vance McDonald. If he can just be another Eric Johnson it will add great deal to the overall versatility and effectiveness of the offense. In addition, having a receiver open quickly in the short zones right in front of Kaepernick will help him develop confidence and rhythm in the passing game.
A point to remember about 8; whenever you put that extra man in the box, it opens a short zone. THAT is what the TE and/or slot receiver should read. Who is the 8th man and where did he come from? The receiver attacks that spot and the QB gets him the ball. In the past, the HaRo offense seems to have concentrated on winning a deep battle while ignoring opportunities underneath. In so doing, from what I have observed, they are missing a chance to move the chains and keep drives alive using the underneath stuff. Someone recently posted how many times the 49ers have gone 3-and-out on the first drive of the game. Using short throws is a good way to prevent that in the future.
Just my thoughts...