Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
My thoughts from another thread.
I have to say I'm INCREDIBLY disappointed at the lack of preparedness on the part of the coaching and offensive gameplan. The defense looked great, lost in the shuffle is the fact that the 49ers defense made Russell Wilson look like a 3rd round rookie starting his first NFL game for the vast majority of the game. Having a healthy Aldon and Justin certainly helped but the gameplan was to keep Wilson contained and keep him in the pocket as much as possible and it worked, damn well, like a blueprint for the rest of the NFL in shutting that offense down. However, a defense can only do so much when they keep being put in bad positions because of offensive turnovers and bonehead penalties.
Looking at the turnover situation, this defense played REMARKABLY well last night, a hell of a game overall. But the offense, that was an embarrassment. Roman looked like he was simply winging it, no innovation, no creativity, absolutely nothing to challenge the defense or to get Seattle out of their comfort zone. Seattle imposed their will on this offense and they looked utterly pathetic, like they were happy to rest on their laurels after the Green Bay game. Roman seemed like he had bought into the hype and seemed to be trying to replicate the gameplan against Green Bay....against a FAR better secondary. It was an absolute joke, this was a team that had curb-stomped the 49ers the last time they played and the offensive gameplanning was essentially mailed in.
It's results like last night's why I think Roman is incredibly overrated. He'll put together some tremendous gameplans against flawed defenses such as Buffalo last year, as well as Chicago, who in spite of their success and racking up turnovers early on, were highly overrated defensively. Green Bay this year, I'm sure he'll put together a brilliant gameplan to light up a spotty Colts defense this weekend, but when this guy gets put on the spot, when he truly has to gameplan against a high quality defense, he routinely craps his pants and puts together a mediocre gameplan. You can't say that isn't true either, this team simply goes into the fetal position against top-tier defenses, doesn't even look like the same team out there, just highly predictable playcalls that good defenses eat up.
You can only get away with that so much. What they've been doing against Seattle the last two times, flat out has not worked. I'm hoping, that they don't plan on hitting their heads against a wall the third time and expecting that the possible return of Manningham and Crabtree will all of a sudden make everything alright. They need to attack Seattle in a vastly different fashion than they do against a majority of teams. Seattle's defense is ideally setup to shutdown this team's normal offensive playcalling and that defense gets up for games against the 49ers like crazy.
I just watched the game again and have to disagree. Our scheme wasn't great but without Seattle's crowd noise/snap anticipation advantage and all the personal fouls that game would have been winnable.
Roman figured out that Seattle wasn't covering our running backs so Bruce Miller was open on numerous occasions (that's why he saw so many targets). If we swap Miller out for McDonald (a bigger, faster, and better receiver) and connect on a few more of those touch passes that were wide open then we would have been just fine.
Secondly, Roman figured out that the Seattle D-Line was just charging into the backfield with no regard for any possible screen passes. Patton caught a screen pass that was wiped out by penalty, Williams caught a screen with 3 blockers ahead of him but somehow they ran right by Sherman and we only got 9 yards out of it, and we threw another screen pass to Boldin that got tipped because both DE's got amazing jumps on the ball.
Seattle was stacking the box with 8-9 defenders and their slot corners were playing way inside so the run game simply wasn't going to happen. They loaded up against the inside run knowing we don't have any fast outside guys or space players.
Honestly, we need to steal a couple plays from Chip Kelly's playbook. Bunch up the receivers and tight ends on the far outside then throw screens when Seattle cheats inside.
Specifically look at the plays against from Oregon vs USC: