Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Jim is not losing the team. Jim has lost focus. We need to commit to running the football and playing Bo Schembechler football. It is what got Jim here and he needs to be reminded of this
I agree, in theory, however, the league has figured out how to stop his running game. What Harbaugh/Roman MUST do is figure out ways to make the passing game work. Yes, the lack of depth at WR hurts but other teams have injuries and still come up with ways to win. The problem seems to be that he still insists on doing the same thing rather than change.
It is unfathomable that at a time that the WR group is struggling, that Jonathan Baldwin who has caught 41 passes against all levels of competition the past two years from junk QBs, remains inactive. In the meantime, the injured Indy secondary looked like the Seahawks secondary against the crew that went out there yesterday.
Harbaugh is still playing the cards he was dealt two years ago. Time to see if he has anything else.
The league never figured out how to stop the 49ers power running game. That was the beauty of the power run game we had in 2011. Everyone knew it was coming, but no one could stop it. It was all about going out and saying OK, we dont care if you know we are gonna run the ball, we are gonna do it anyways and we are gonna wear your defense to s**t in the process. They figured out how to stop the gimmicky packages. If we went back to the 2011 offense, it wouldnt matter if the defense knew exactly what play was called on every down. Frank would still get his yards.. And the offensive line would still wear down the defense.
This team is much more talented on offense than that 2011 team.
This is NOT the same offense of 2011. Its nothing like it. The problem IS the change in the offensive gameplan.
Yes no one has learned to stop the 2011 offense. We were running it all throughout 2012 until we made the switch to Kap. Then we veered toward the gimmicks and got away from the I and power running principles and now here we are looking like some finesse ballers when we are built to impose our power running upon people with a mix of the passing game. Colts weren't shutting down the run, Greg Roman did that
I'll take a partial exception to that. What the league has learned, although it is nothing new, is that if you bring a safety down and play 8 in the box, it is very hard to run.
The running game depends on the OL being able to get a blocking angle somewhere along the line that allows the RB a hole to get through. Usually such a situation occurs as the result of a double team with a pulling guard or tackle. Occasionally a dominant player along the line can win a one-on-one battle to create a lane but that depends on other players at least being able to neutralize their opponent so they can't get over to fill the hole. However, for the most part, the OL must get an angle if they are going to open a hole.
What Seattle did, and Indy as well though to a lesser degree, was to put 8 at the line but IN THE GAPS between the OL rather than head up on them. With 8 on the LOS, they were able to fill EVERY gap with a big strong player that was very hard to beat one-on-one. With all the noise, the offense lost their split second snap advantage and that, combined with that gap defense, the running game all but disappeared.
The usual response to such a defense is to pass behind the area vacated by the safety or LB that has crowded the LOS but for reasons known only to Harbaugh and Roman, they refused that strategy and the rest is history. In 2011, Alex Smith was being fitted for his Captain Checkdown costume and wearing it well. If a team loaded the box, they paid for it with a 6-8 yard completion right behind their back. As a result, teams were reluctant to go to 8 in the box.
None of that is new but without strong downfield receivers, and lacking the will to use a short area passing game, the running game has disappeared. The good news is that all the elements of that 2011 game is still there, except for Alex Smith. However, Kaepernick SHOULD be able to make those same throws if Roman is willing to include them in the game plan. So while I am not yet convinced CK is experienced enough to make those same reads, the solution remains the same.
Harbaugh needs to look in the mirror and face his demons. Put the ego aside and go back to what worked when Smith was QB. In so doing, he will still have the downfield capability of Kaepernick while preserving the running game.