Originally posted by 49erWay:
We all know there may be more passing to the receivers with the return of some injured key players. We all know we need some impact from Carradine and Dial. We all know Williams is never seeing a kick again.
So far the 49ers have shown the ability to shoot it out against Green Bay, and dominate time of possession and yardage against others.
They've also improved strongly on special teams with the exception of returning.
How much change do you see in the game plan on all sides of the ball and what do you see changing?
I believe this staff has formed an identity and they will keep it that way but with subtle changes to the passing game, while burying some of what we do now for the playoffs to add to the unexpected in the playoffs.
I so hear that, in all of sports in my opinion that's the key to show one type of front and then when the game is played when it starts to really really counts like the playoffs to play with a completely different scheme that totally blows the other teams out. I think though the 49ers did what they needed to do to simplify things to play with what they had and playing with a game plan with the pieces they had that could win them games. I feel that Harbaugh knew he did not have the pieces to play with an offense that was similar to an Arron Rogers offense with 350+ yards a game passing, and played to more Kaepernick's strength, which is to run. With two highly productive WRs coming back, the one aspect of the 49ers that I hope improves is sustained drives (better time of possession), continued better ball control (not to turn the ball over), and putting the ball into the end zone on offense. If we could get at least a Crabtree that can catch the ball consistently and keep the chains moving, I think that would be big, I think if I was Harbaugh, I would use him more as a reliable hands guy instead of someone to score as Crabtree coming back from that type of injury, I feel definitely he might not be the Crabtree that we know from last year, but we might not need him to be the Crabtree from last year, just a consistent pass catcher, to keep the pressure on the other team's D, sustaining drives, so that Boldin, Davis, or Manningham can punch it in. On Defense, I would expect to see better run defense, forcing more passes that ends up as Ints, as Aldon Smith will be a welcome addition to the pass rush portion.