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Will the 49ers offense become a "pass-first" offense this season?

Will the 49ers offense become a "pass-first" offense this season?

Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by Rascal:
The word is "balanced". I have argued this point before, the 49ers' O has turned from a run-first offense to a balanced offense.

Yes. You have argued that, but as of last year the offense remained pretty much a run first offense.

This is a new year. There is a good chance, given Kaepernick's passing skills, the offense will become more balanced.

The team has the whole year to develop its offensive mix. I am looking forward to seeing how the mix develops.

The offensive mix will in some fashion depend of the defenses we play.
If they keep stacking the box, I would expect an increase in the effectiveness of our passing game.

Oh well. it all begins tomorrow. Enjoy.


After Kap took over last year, we had already started that evolution from run-first to a more balanced approach. In 2011, we were definitely run-first, no argument there, our offense basically consisted of running the ball and kicking field goals. If the 9ers are not balanced, can you name me a team that is more balanced than the 9ers (as in since Kap taking over) ?

Tell you what, if you are not convinced, take it straight from the horse's mouth. Anquan Boldin says the 9ers is balanced himself :


On the relationship between the passing and running attacks?

AB: "We're going to be balanced. We're definitely going to run the ball. With the type of offensive line we have, we have to run the ball. But we also have some guys outside that can make plays. We have a couple of good running backs in the backfield who have to touch the ball. These are big-play guys. We've got some guys outside. It's a lot of guys and one ball. So we'll see how it goes."

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2013/09/anquan-boldin-ravens-loss-serves-as-a-warning.html#storylink=cpy


Don't get me wrong, running the ball is always going to be an integral part of 9ers' offense. But, we are no longer one-dimensional as in being over-reliant on the run game. As the old adage goes, the more successful you run the ball, the more successful you are going to be with airing the ball, but it goes both ways and that is why we have to be balanced. If you project Kap's passing stats from 7 games to 16 games, it should round off at about 3,800 yards which will rank us just outside of the top 10 in passing yards which will sound about right. You can clearly see that shift. In 2011, we were ranked 29th and last year we moved up to 23rd with Kap only playing from week 9 onwards. I predict this season it will only further go up may be to the early teens.
At this point, Ima say yes.
Originally posted by verb1der:
At this point, Ima say yes.

How are we playing pass-first when we haven't been able to get our running game going. The long drive in which we scored we were balanced as f**k
Originally posted by defenderDX:
Originally posted by verb1der:
At this point, Ima say yes.

How are we playing pass-first when we haven't been able to get our running game going. The long drive in which we scored we were balanced as f**k

But we ran out of passing formations. lol
Originally posted by defenderDX:
Originally posted by verb1der:
At this point, Ima say yes.

How are we playing pass-first when we haven't been able to get our running game going. The long drive in which we scored we were balanced as f**k

Today, it's definitely been pass first.

And it's working great.

26 passes, 16 runs so far.
[ Edited by Empire49 on Sep 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM ]
Originally posted by Empire49:
Originally posted by defenderDX:
Originally posted by verb1der:
At this point, Ima say yes.

How are we playing pass-first when we haven't been able to get our running game going. The long drive in which we scored we were balanced as f**k

Today, it's definitely been pass first.

And it's working great.

26 passes, 16 runs so far.

only cause no run game i agree
The Magic 8 Ball says "The signs point to yes."
The flow of the game will dictate what we do. We'll try to be balanced, unless something just isn't working.
Originally posted by NFLBuddah:
They can't pass first because Kapernick isn't an accurate thrower. The best thing to do would be to scrap the read/option because with the rule changes he'll be dead meat. So, all that's left is a conventional style-O, but more run-heavy due to Kapernicks limitations. I think the Niners will do some kind of a block-buster trade for Eddie Lacy, and pound their way to the Super Bowl etc.

our defense plays best when we run the ball
Originally posted by ninermedic:
Originally posted by NFLBuddah:
They can't pass first because Kapernick isn't an accurate thrower. The best thing to do would be to scrap the read/option because with the rule changes he'll be dead meat. So, all that's left is a conventional style-O, but more run-heavy due to Kapernicks limitations. I think the Niners will do some kind of a block-buster trade for Eddie Lacy, and pound their way to the Super Bowl etc.


seriously wtf was that poop
I hope not, we need to be a balanced offense.
I think we're getting into 'Patriots of several years ago' type offence in which we find what the opponent doesn't do well and just beat the hell outta it.

Which is exactly what a great offence can do.
[ Edited by GreenReaperTT on Sep 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM ]
Packers were determined today to stop the run. Well, that forced us to be a passing team. And a successful one at that.
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Originally posted by Rascal:
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by Rascal:
The word is "balanced". I have argued this point before, the 49ers' O has turned from a run-first offense to a balanced offense.

Yes. You have argued that, but as of last year the offense remained pretty much a run first offense.

This is a new year. There is a good chance, given Kaepernick's passing skills, the offense will become more balanced.

The team has the whole year to develop its offensive mix. I am looking forward to seeing how the mix develops.

The offensive mix will in some fashion depend of the defenses we play.
If they keep stacking the box, I would expect an increase in the effectiveness of our passing game.

Oh well. it all begins tomorrow. Enjoy.


After Kap took over last year, we had already started that evolution from run-first to a more balanced approach. In 2011, we were definitely run-first, no argument there, our offense basically consisted of running the ball and kicking field goals. If the 9ers are not balanced, can you name me a team that is more balanced than the 9ers (as in since Kap taking over) ?

Starting the evolution as you say is just that--the evolution is not completed, but this argument is from last year.

This is a new year. Today, we were a pass first offense--and not very balanced.

But, my guess we game planned against a defensive backfield that was in bad shape and not merely from design.

I am quite willing to see what happens over the course of the season.

Relax, and enjoy the win. It was a good game.