Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Name one good defense he has gameplanned well against? In a game where you were like "wow, he really figured how to pick these guys apart?" Beyond the seriously overrated Chicago defense, it hasn't happened, the 49ers racked up an absurd number of yards against weak defenses but consistently had the same issues against better defenses. He has never shown that he grasps exactly how to attack a team's weaknesses, he goes with whatever his gameplan is and if his gameplan doesn't work, well, that's just too bad. Just like yesterday, he seemed determined to have them pass the ball, regardless of what Indy was doing or what was available, he doesn't seem to see the forest through the trees, he draws up a gameplan and if the defense is prepared for it, he really hasn't shown any ability to adjust to that.
You can keep making excuses for him, there were plenty of Ravens fans making excuses for Cam Cameron as well, but I sincerely feel the 49ers can do far better with their playcalling and the results of his limitations are becoming pretty evident for all to see.
I agree that he does not seem to adjust well to take what opposing defenses leave. This has been especially true these past two games.
The best way to attack a defense that puts 8 in the box is to pass the ball. However, with the limited WR situation, it has been almost impossible to throw it down the field. The obvious area that has been open is the 6-10 yard zone immediately beyond the LOS, just behind the LBs. This is an area that Alex Smith took advantage of often but Roman/Kaepernick never seem to see. It is almost like HaRo made the decision to go with CK because he can drive the ball down the field with his cannon but to use something that Alex did would be a regression in their minds. They seem determined to prove that "their" way is the best and that does not include anything that Smith did.
They need to go back and look as some Montana and Young film. Heck, go look at what Peyton did last night. Hitting those short zones really loosens up a defense. In these last two games, the Alex Smith approach would have made a difference given what the defenses were doing. Let's see if they have learned anything come Thursday night.