Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
Hmmm . . . very interesting. So you're saying: One read, then "ad lib".
Though Boldin will not always be the first read, I take it? Otherwise the offense is too predictable and eliminates one option unnecessarily.
When Kaepernick goes into full "ad lib" is he expected to follow a progression or is it solely up to him?
I will be honest, I haven't fully been able to narrow the focus down on this offense...like Chucky said, "I don't know what the heck this offense is..." (close paraphrase). I "think" b/c our own coaches didn't even know what we had in CK (see Jed's comments recently), they simplified the offense...that said, even under Alex, I see more "college" offense then pro-style, multiple-read and outlet options (like a WCO). So IMHO, it's primarily a one-receiver-option offense...the play is designed to get one specific receiver the ball under 4 seconds.
Take that example I noted above (this is an actual play BTW), if Crabtree IS covered and can't get the ball under 4 seconds, he is then forced to ad lib himself...and watch CK. If CK starts to run, Crabtree becomes a downfield blocker. Meanwhile, if Crabtree doesn't get the pass, Manningham stops blocking is man and comes back to the QB as an outlet OR also blocks for CK. This is where you'll see Gore also take off while CK points to him while running left and tosses him a pass. The point here is that there isn't a receiving tree...a digit offense...etc. the majority of the time.
It's very hard to pin down this passing attack. Where I see more progression reading is actually in the end zone. I think that is where all receivers have to be receivers and not blockers or decoys for one specific receiver/target. Although, you can say that may not have been the case on the final four plays of the Superbowl.
So no, Boldin will not always be the first option (BTW: he is a hell of an ad libber)...it ALL comes down to what play call HaRoman send in. Granted, I would imagine Boldin will be the primary one-receiver-option most of the time his number won't be called every time to avoid predictability. One play his number will be called to run a post or a slant or an out...next play may be AJ on a crossing pattern or go, etc. Then VD is the primary and the others clear out and block for him, etc. Or Williams on a wheel route down the sideline.
As to your last question here, I'm unsure if this offense doesn't have a route tree or progressions and safety valves built in OR it does but b/c CK was so new, they kept it simple and eliminated those initially. And that with a full off season, we'll see additional trees added in? We also weren't the best pass blocking team at the time so there may have been added focus on getting the ball out under 4 seconds; so he may have been instructed to take off if he can't hit his first read...in essence, he'd run to where his receiver was covered (b/c we were clearing space out for him to get RAC) so once, say, Crabtree was covered, he'd turn into a blocker and CK would pick up huge chunks of yards d/t that cleared out space and good down field blocking by all.
The whole purpose of a game plan, I suppose, is to create mismatches, which implies a strategy of patterns run by potential receivers and a sequence of "reads", just so you're not wasting time trying to figure out what the heck just happened and what your options are. Or do you reckon that it's carte blanche on Kaepernick?
I recall a very deliberate Kaepernick in the Saints game going through a full scan of the field and reverting back to his first "read". Or so it seemed. Was he ad libing?
The picture you're painting is that so long as the first read is available, the long ball is never in play. Is that right?
It's going to be interesting, that's for sure.
I think I covered the first part above but I believe when Roman calls a play it is designed to attack a weakness on the defense...in short, HE has the control, more than the QB. In the WCO, Bill called the plays and reminded Joe "If this, then that..." but it was up to Joe to see the field and pick the best option knowing that ALL were true receiving options.
Good question about the long ball...we had, perhaps the best long ball WR in the game but rarely dialed up his number. We had Ginn, 4.2 speed, VD, etc. To me, it seems like the deep post was designed to occupy 2 defenders to help clear out space for the shorter/intermediate targets. Our wheel-route was our deep threat. This year? I'm not sure if Roman will dial that up much...if he does, perhaps he'll have a built in outlet if it's not open (RB or TE flare out), etc.