Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Pass protection has stunk recently and so has the passing game. No doubt about that.
I'm going to hold off judging anyone until we get our WRs healthy. The truth is, nobody really knows what the primary problem is. We'll have a better idea later in the season when we get healthy.
Playcalling and scheme was obviously hurting our running game. At least they got that fixed.
I'm not sure I would say the playcalling and scheme have gotten better.
I would say the formation selection has become more credible, because Roman knows he will be fired if he continues to call 6 players in the backfield for 1.3 yards per play.
SO that's been dialed down.
But too often I don't like the flow, the timing, the down-yard appropriateness of our play sequencing.
I can't put my finger on it. We still look disjointed. We don't have any bread and butter 5 yard sure thing plays that we can go to when its 2 and 5 or 3 and 5.
We don't manage our play selection on first down as if we have 3 downs to gain 10 yards. It looks like we are trying to get the most yards we can, always, rather than set up a high percentage 3 or 4 yard play on first so we have run/pass options on 2 and 6, or whatever.
I am not sure we are improving significantly there. Although we have dropped some stinker plays that the league is now prepared for, I grant you that.
I do agree with your observations here.
Actually I feel that the Niners have been a more disjointed and less fluid offense ever since CK has been at QB. At first I took that to be his being dumped into the offense on short notice. But after a full off-season this should have been smoothed out. Hasn't looked that way to me yet. Instead, with the injuries and other exposed shortcomings, the offense has looked even less explosive than it used to be. To the point that it can in no way be considered among the elite right now.
So while the point has been made that the team is not that far off the top of the NFC heap, it's in a logjam in the middle and it's not a sure thing that it'll be able to ascend with only half of the team playing at an elite level.
It seems that a lot of folks are assuming that Crabtree comes in (to a lesser extent Manningham) and immediately picks up where he left off. Firstly, best case scenario, he only returns late November and there's no guarantee that the team will immediately sync into a smooth operating machine.
It's going to be tricky. Unexpected losses can occur, especially if the offense lacks recuperative capability. Who would have thought that Atlanta would lose to the JETS, for example! And even Atlanta's offense looks better than the Niners' right now.