Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by barrymartin:
i think you underestimate gore. the word defaulted makes it seem like its tragic we have to do that . in case you did not know after a 1-2 start that is exactly how we got back on track. and if roman had chosen to stay with the "defaulted" power run game vs the colts we would have won that game. we are not a pass first team, never have been and under JH never will be. sorry but you are incorrect in your analysis about the state of our team in my opinion
Yes..I think what we are seeing is the need for so much diversity in scheme that we are limited to power running as our mainstay. The more multi-dimensional an O can be the harder it is to stop. This is what Bill Walsh did. His offenses could do it all. The D couldn't settle into a focus on stopping one thing and beat us. If they focused on stopping the run they'd beat them with the pass. If they tried to shut down the passing game they would run them off the field.
Frank doesn't seem to like running out of spread formations. Looking back to week 1, we used an O that blew the Pack away on the pass. The run wasn't working at all in the game so Kap through for 400+. The next two weeks we tanked trying to pass so we defaulted to the power running game with Frank the Tank. It was sort of like a pendulum swing that we're now just trying to work ourselves out of not that Crabs is back.
Frank is coming to the end, and lately we are seeing that he can't be the ongoing focus of the O. It will have to change, but it will take the offseason to make this shift. We'll see it all unfold in free agency and the draft. This is where they show their hand. If they extend Crabs and not iupati that is a sign.
Gore and the power running scheme have become less effective. His yards per carry keep dropping. He is coming to the end of his career. Age wins and he's at the place where it all falls off a cliff quickly. Hard to deny this. Another year, maybe....
Yes, we "defaulted", because we felt we had no choice. Week one was a clear indicator of their desire to have the capacity to win through the air and let Kap carry the offense. They next two weeks we came out trying to wing it and it didn't work. Kap wasn't ready the WR talent wasn't either.
Doesn't mean we don't want to have a power running game, but not to "have" to have it to win against playoff quality competition. Look at the perennial playoff teams. They all have a QB that can carry the team and they can beat you either way. This is where I believe Harbaugh knows he has to go.
I think we've built up a "meme" here on the Zone with Harbaugh as a ground and pound first, Bo Schembechler idol. I don't think we give him enough credit. He will do whatever it takes to win and he and Baalke are plenty intelligent. They see as most of us do that Kap will be the center in the future and needs to be for this team to have a chance at the ring every year.