Originally posted by socal9er42:
A couple of things for me.
1) More substitution of the Defensive line to keep them fresh into the 4th Quarter. I only saw Dorsey in a couple of times and it looked like he held his own against the run - didn't notice him much on passes. Put Dorsey in on first down and then put Ian Williams in.
2) Run scheme was very unimaginative. I have to believe it was intentional, but a concern nonetheless.
3) Sure wish Kap had connected on that pass to Kyle Williams. Kyle had opened a HUGE gap behind the defense, but Kap waited abit too long, or didn't put enough air under the ball (and yes, the defender got there early and prevented Kyle from making the catch). If Kap can connect with another WR on a couple of long passes early in the season, this whole thing will open up.
4) I know it was a tight game, but I sure would have loved to have seen the Rookies in a bit more. I saw Patton blocking on one play, but that was it. No sign of Lemon at all. See point #1 above.
5) Sorry, but the new Kicker isn't inspiring confidence. Dawson didn't kick it out of the endzone like GB's kicker did, and that funky rotation he puts on his FG attempts invites the ball to drift, especially in the Candlestick breeze.
6) Timely snaps - if Kap tries to do an audible confirmation/calloff on every snap up in Seattle, it will be ugly.
7) Too many times the defense played "soft" - one CB or both giving the WR a 5-10 yard cushion. Hate it hate it hate it.
IMO this is a great post and accurate.
One slight comment. I just don't think that Williams is a starting quality WR. I've made this point before and I don't want to belabor it, but it just bothers me that the Niners haven't done anything about it. He lacks any explosiveness (People mistake his choppy running style for explosiveness; it's not). There's no burst and quick twitch change of direction that one expects out of shorter receivers. I don't think one's going to suddenly change. He's in his fourth year and has basically shown nothing. IMO there were at least three receivers the Niners cut who were better. Don't believe that Brandon Moore is the answer either . . . he's what? another three year veteran who has shown nothing in games. Just wish the Niners would give Patton more chances, because I believe that he will prove to be the best of the rest.
Now on the long ball to Williams: At the time I thought that real starting caliber WR would have made that catch. A WR has to guage the flight of the ball and adjust accordingly. Then, it's how badly do you want it. Boldin in the same position makes that catch. Later that evening on the NFL Network, Michael Irvin made that exact same point. I also believe that Patton, because of the attitude he shows, also makes that catch.
Niners, in the past, have been known not to show their complete hand. Especially when an important game is coming up. So maybe that's happening here. But:
1. Yes, please more substitutions on defense. Man, give Lemonier some chances.
2. Very pleased with the play of Eric Reid. Gives one hope that he could be an upgrade at this position. Asomough . . . not so much . . . not good. DBs have to do better.
3. Dawson? Not again!
4. Kap. There's nothing smooth about the way he runs the offense. His play calling needs to improve . . . a lot. Critically, to get the offense playing in rythmn. He will improve, I'm sure, but the offseason practice would have produced better results, I would have hoped. And the Niners are playing their most critical opponent next week in their hostile stadium where getting the plays off (and rythmn) will be much more difficult. Could cost them the game.