Originally posted by Marvin49:
MAN its great to be back in the regular season again.
Let me respond to your great points:
BUT FIRST - Huge props to Whitner - that play to knock Cobb upfield/inbounds and keep the clock rolling was brilliant and heady game awarenss.
1) Kaep - nothing more needs to be said, they dared him, he did it with authority.
2) Packers defensive scheme: AGREE 100% "the DE's and OLBs of the Packers would rush up the field and stop once they got parallel to Kaepernick. At that point they'd stop and try to loop under or at least close the gap so he couldn't escape. This seriously limited his ability to scramble. Additionally, they played the CBs close to the line so that while the OLB would run right at the mesh point on any read option play, the DB would come up and make a hit on the QB if he kept it." PLAY ACTION OFF THE READ OPTION - it is tough to execute because the QB's body position is way off from a throwing stance, but if they could design something it would be devastating against the above defensive scheme.
4) Running Game: - Kendall Hunter looked 110% - nice- that guy is quick!
5) Eric Reid: Loved the big - legal - hits! Very cool - he fit right in at the NFL level no problem.
6) Run D: I thought it was a little soft, but Willis and Bowman seemed to stay back a bit to hedge coverage more than blow-up run holes.
7) Nnamdi: Eeks. That was odd - he seemed to be in position a lot and then flounder. Agree, may have mostly been Rodgers, not a lot of QB's would have thrown into NA's coverage position.
8) Roman: Needs to develop a play-action throw off the read option action. The OLB is crashing inside, and the DBs are stopping their feet looking inside to cover a Kap outside run, THERE HAS TO BE A WAY to take advantage of that with a throw.
9) Vernon: He made some catches yesterday I don't think he had the hands for in the past. Very cool.
10) Boldin: INCREDIBLE - but we can't work him like that all season or he will fade, LOL. No fighting the clock, need to ease off him and keep him fresh - he is toooo valuable in a play-off run. Get some young guys some work - Patton :)