Originally posted by LVJay:
Originally posted by jonesadrian:
that's it. it's that simple. stop trying to have 75 motions before the snap. we're good enough to beat them off of talent and effort we don't need to drop a smoke bomb before every snap and hope for the best.
line it up, run with power... run to the edge with hunter.. run routes with more than 1 receiving option. use all of the talent we have which includes letting james get a taste let hunter get more of a workload to spell gore to have both of them fresh, now use boldin and manningham and have that free up vd and for the love of god use the 6"4' 267lb tight end in the red zone
Roman outsmarting himself (at times)... it's not that he's not creative or that he isn't smart, but sometimes it seems like he doesn't have the timing of knowing when. Having said that, I still think he's one of the best OC in today's league.
All that motion isn't just window dressing. There is valuable information being gained by Kap when he sees how the defense responds (or doesn't respond) to the motion. Then there are plays where there is a bunch of shifting used to set up the matchup they want. I've seen it go from a situation where a DB is covering VD, then a bunch of motion/shifting is run and suddenly a LB is covering VD. You also cannot just run this type of motion on pass plays because then it will be a tell for the defense. So you have to execute all that motion and shifting on run plays as well. When the motion is used on run plays, it shifts the strong side around and forces the defense to communicate or risk being out manned at the point of attack.
I guarantee you guys that the opposing defense spends hours talking about how to adjust and what to communicate to each other when they are about to play the 49ers regarding how to respond to all that shifting. I agree that there is always a risk of getting a delay of game penalty, but it appears the coaching staff is willing to risk it, hoping it gets better through time. For the most part, it has gotten better. I see situations where the play is 'won' pre-snap using all this fancy shifting. Getting the matchup they want while adding confusion to the defense can give the offense a huge advantage once the ball is snapped. Why line up and play straight on when you can gain the upper hand before the ball is even snapped?