Originally posted by NinerG94:
Get used to the clock management issue. Its a necessary evil right now I'm afraid. They're aren't taking it down to one second because they are inept at getting the snap off or the play in like so many want to believe. They're doing this to help Kaep. Taking the play clock down to 1 makes the defense declare their intentions a lot of the time. If we have to take a timeout here and there because of it they will. With our WR's struggling and defenses loading the box it has helped tremendously. They will continue to do this in any venue not named Clink or superdome or whatever New Orleans is calling that hole these days.
You're talking apples and oranges here. Running the clock down to 1 second and failing to get the play in on time are not mutually exclusive. If what you said is true, they could easily get to the line with 15-20 seconds left on the play clock and just delay the snap. They don't do that. Instead, they frequently to the line with inadequate time and shoot themselves in the foot.
I really think that the clock management issues are the most important. One, they are low-hanging fruit -- in theory, it should be very easy to fix this issue. Two, it is of monumental importance. I have never understood the rationale behind taking a timeout on first and 10. That is so absurd. Not having time outs at the end of the game can, and usually does, cost your team an entire possession
at the end of either half. Think back to the Super Bowl: shortly after the blackout, Kap took a timeout on first and ten from the Niners own 40. At the end of the game, we would've had a chance to get the ball back with ~40-50 seconds left. Instead, because we burned that timeout, Balitmore ran the clock down to like 15 seconds, then burned another 10 by running around with their punter and taking a safety.
Seriously though, what am I missing? Why are teams -- especially the 49ers -- so eager to burn timeouts on 1st and 10? 1st and 15 is tough, but it's not insurmountable; when the consequence of taking one is often losing an entire possession late in the game, how in blazing hell do teams deem it worth taking the time out!?!??!?!
[ Edited by theduke85 on Oct 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM ]