Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Dj, GN, do we score in SB if Mangini had already been hired? My thots are between them, neither roman nor JH had any idea what to do and how to score from the 9yd line ,
IN THE SB, with one T.O. left....in other words, INEXPERIENCE. I know they have both been over that situation a million times in their heads since then, but back to the question....Do we score if Mangini had been hired back then? And here's another: What happens in similar situation, say again in playoffs, but now we got 3 guys to make a decision( I hope not and also hope mangini just gives suggestions for D sets against us, but we will see.).
Mangini will certainly help in a lot of ways. As to that last SB drive; the biggest problem was that the offense was just too limiting in a number of ways. First of all, there were no solid receiving options in CK's mind other than Crabtree. Inexperienced QB with limited quality options. Mangini might have helped but the biggest issue was that Kaepernick did not have the depth of experience to get it done there.
Second, HaRo had developed constipation of the brain when they got into the red zone. They just couldn't think beyond ground-and-pound football with some very basic pass patterns. It was like "we are going to line up and do what we do because we are the 49ers and you can't stop us"...but they did.
Compare that to Seattle's red zone offense where they line up in a spread with 4 receivers plus Lynch in the backfield. In the game at their house last year Wilson just sat back and picked a target and the result was 6 points. HaRo not only couldn't defend it, they ignored the success. Perhaps their pride would not let them do it just because Pete Carroll did it, IDK.
So to Mangini, I would hope that he would be the George Seifert to Jim Harbaugh. When Harbaugh proposes something, Mangini says, "WHOA. That is easy to kill. I would do this and this and you are lucky to kick a field goal." Walsh admitted on several occasions that a good deal of the offensive success they had was due to the expertise of Seifert in demonstrating what a defense might do in key situations. If Mangini can fill that role (and I am not saying he is as good as Seifert was but he is reputed to be very bright), I would expect the offense, particularly in the RZ, to be more varied with more options on more plays.
So I guess that means my answer is a conditional "yes." I think Kaepernick's inexperience was the more limiting factor but if Mangini had shown that more options were needed, it might have overcome the lack of experience.