Originally posted by Marvin49:
Originally posted by Afrikan:
"The problem wasn't the plan...it was the execution. Seattle was GLUED to receivers all night and the O-Line just couldn't get a push."
Marvin, its easy to glue our receivers when the personnel we have there is a full back as one of our receivers... running routes..getting the ball thrown to him, with of course him dropping it.
it might not have been the "plan", but it was the "personnel" the coaches choose to use. I mean they also had Osgood out there running routes, what threat does he pose?
we continue to run Gore out of the pistol formation...again personnel we use. I've said it before, but we should always have Hunter or James back there for the pistol. Hunter can pass block for alittle guy. And we need to run regular WCO formations for Gore.
its the coaches man....Seattle has adjusted to us, where as we still seem stubborn to make adjustments.
There could be some merit to that....but what personnel SHOULD we have used? That's who we are. Thats how the team was built. It works pretty damn well against every OTHER team in the NFL.
Are you suggesting they go into the noisiest stadium in the NFL against one of the best defenses in the NFL and try to be something they aren't? Go 5 wide on every down?
You are telling me the gameplan was horrible. Give me a better one then.
There were a couple Gore runs out of a "traditional" power set with QB under center and FB as lead blocker, and those were probably the 2-3 best runs of the night. I'm not saying abandon the Pistol and the read-option. But when it's quite obvious (as in these first two games) that your opponent just IS NOT going to give in, then it's time to adjust.
Also, I think all the pre-snap shifts are detrimental in a noisy place like Seattle...sure, it's normally part of the offense meant to confuse/disguise, but the last two games up there have shown it just chews up play clock and increases the chances for a false start, delay of game, or some kind of error. And as long as Gore is the RB, why not do more of what he's best at, and in fact what he prefers...remember his "I didn't think it was real football" comments re: first time he saw the Pistol? Not saying you change just to placate him, I'm saying do a bit more of what he's best at, not to mention Kaepernick has proven he can be effective throwing from under center.
Re: defense, I thought they played well in the first half, not-so-good in the second, although some of that can be attributed to pathetic Niner offense. However, besides the secondary once again being exposed on some big plays, it was concerning to see the Seahawks just abuse the Niner DL/LBs with the read-option...sorta ironic. For the life of me I don't know why the Seahawks would go away from it at times, trying stretch/sweep plays, when the Niners were showing no ability to stop Lynch on the RO up the middle, and Wilson gashed them the couple times he kept it, burned Aldon Smith real bad on that 2nd & 13 play early in the 4th qtr, setting up TD pass to Lynch.
Again, the Pistol/RO should remain an integral part of this offense, but you just can't be stubborn about it, and adjustments need to be made when it's apparent it's not working. All that said, even if they did the things that me-the-armchair-coach would like to see, chances are they still lose that game. Right now they just don't match up well with the Seahawks, and Seattle is the better team, both in personnel and coaching. But I think the 49ers have the pieces to change that by the next meeting and into the playoffs.