Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Originally posted by dj43:
Sean Payton is one of the top three coaches in the league. He will have an offensive game plan ready that will challenge the 49er D. Rob Ryan is not far behind on the defensive side. Dallas, with Tony Romo throwing to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten is a much better passing team than the 49ers and the Saints had little difficulty shutting them down.
This is a statement game FOR THE 49ERS, not the Saints. The Saints are the hot team. The 49ers can put themselves back into serious playoff talk if they win in NOLA. OTOH, if the 49ers have any hope for a home field wild card game, they have to win this game. Lose and they go to Carolina in the WC game as it stands now.
Every game now becomes a MUST WIN game. They cannot afford to lose again if they want to continue to think about the Super Bowl.
Nola's D was tough because Rob Ryan took the game personal, and had the players take it personal for 'him' (since those Saints defensive guys love doing things for their coordinator like hurting people for money).
The last game Peyton coached before going into league suspension was possibly the 'last great' moment of Candlestick history, so this guy had a 'lot' to think about in-between then and now... so count on him to try and destroy us the best he can. -The blitzing will be merciless.
Payton is just a genius with his screen game. I have never seen a coach put together such an extensive repertoire of screen and swing plays as Payton runs.
Every game you think opponents would figure him out and shut it down but then he brings a twist that kills people. He just wears out LBs with their constantly having to chase Darren Sproles and others around the field. I am jealous of his offense. He just gets everyone involved, and of course he and Brees are on the same page 98% of the time.
Funny thing about Ryan's offense; he doesn't blitz as much as most people expect. He is just very good at disguising coverages and fooling people into outsmarting themselves. When he does blitz, it then catches teams by surprise.
Gonna be a struggle. No doubt about it. Not at all like Carolina. This will be a game of scheming and strategies, not a slugfest. If HaRo want to show themselves to be good coaches, here is their chance. Play chess with Sean Payton and win and move up a notch on the ladder. Let's see what they are made of.