Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Mods and Ghost: You are circling the wagons here.
NO TEAM in the NFL in the last 40 years has had as many delay of game penalties during a season as we did last year.
That is a problem that needs correcting. It's obvious and you are both in denial about it.
You are also unfairly blaming Kap if you think the problem is all due to pre-snap improvising and other adjustments.
The playbook is too complicated for professionals. It's overly baroque and needs to be trimmed.
This was an embarassment last year and Harbaugh promised it would be corrected.
It hasn't been.
Last week the shifts, formations, play options, designed reads etc were ineffective in developing a ground game against the Packers (35 rushes, 90 yards -- subtract one run by Hunter and it's 34 rushes, 70 yards).
What was missing from the game was nimble adjustment from the booth. We shouldn't rely on a sophomore QB to figure out how to improvise and scheme running plays at the line.
I think back on the preseason and how quickly Denver pushed in plays to take advantage of Lemonhead blowing past the tackle and I wonder, why can't we have that too? I think we're in love with our own complication and are reluctant to accept the evidence that is in front of our eyes when it's not working.
Also, the idea that our muddling is somehow "setting up" the pass game is a day dream.
Shooting ourselves in the foot like this is the reason the game was close against a mediocre Packer roster that would be NOWHERE without Aaron Rogers.
We won't be so lucky against a stacked team that is clicking on all cylinders.
4 timeouts wasted due to endless shifting and getting the plays in late. That is MOST of our timeouts burned for nothing. Incredible.
False start on Goodwin (should never happen with a center).
Illegal formation: Turns 3rd and 1 into 3rd and 6 at the goal line.
False start on Staley, just after Kap had to scream to correct people where to line up.
Kap sacked by Matthews on a read option, a play where everybody in the stadium knows the Packers are not going to buy a Kap fake to the running back.
On the next play, another false start on Goodwin. Again, the center is a player who should never false start.
Quarterback keeper for -3 yards. Risk injuring Kap on a play that never had a chance.
Tons of rushing plays for negative yardage.
Our brilliant scheme created:
Four lost timeouts.
Three false starts (this is a HOME game).
One Illegal formation.
Two big hits on Kap for negative yards.
TEN rushing plays for 1 yard or less.
Not only this, but if I was on the other teams D-line, I would just look at the clock and rush the moment it was about to hit "0" because almost every play we were barely able to get the ball snapped in time.
No other team in the league bumbles around like this before the snap, yet other teams, like the Broncos, Patriots, Packers, Saints, Falcons, and many others can run a powerful offense without the pre-snap tap dancing.
I find it incredibly hard to believe that Kap NEEDS all this scheme to be effective. "Well, if we didn't do all this mumbo jumbo, we wouldn't be as effective." That is bull. We were effective because of the immense TALENT that we have on offense. The scheme is not helping us. The only difference between what Kap did last game and last year, is that he had more pass attempts, therefore, he had more passing yards.
The coaches have already talked about simplifying what they are doing, and they sure as heck better get this right before going up into Seattle.
We should have had a comfortable win against Green Bay, but with all the bumbling around, we made it a close game. Bumbling around up in Seattle is not going to create a favorable outcome.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Sep 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM ]