Originally posted by jonesadrian:
but our game isn't conservative at all lol we don't go for field goals we go for touchdowns, we don't go for punts we go for it on 4th downs regularly. we go for deep passing plays regularly if anything we're way more loose now than we had ever been. when its 3rd and 8 we don't run 4 yard routes they run 15 yard routes.
power football does not = conservative. we've been anything but the entire season. we've been incredibly effective with limited wr options. NOW with more if we maintain the same ratio with even better talent out there it would equal even more success.
conservative is not a fair word, the people who are throwing it 50 times a game WISH they could run it 30 times a game and get production. they just can't and we can.
Totally agree. This 49er offense is not conservative. When I think conservative, I think having the punter ready to go when it's 3rd and 10. To your point "power football does not equal conservative". Totally agree to that. I think some people see a run first team and instantly label the offense as conservative. That is incorrect in that you can be a pass first team and be conservative if you rarely take shots downfield. KC passes 57% of the time but they do not take big shots downfield.
The 49ers are risky (opposite of conservative) when it comes to the run game. Stack 8 in the box? They'll still try to out man you at the point of attack. The Gore TD run on 4th and 1 versus the Rams was against a 9 man front. They continually run into 8 man boxes, not because they are too stupid to change the call, but because they believe they can still get a good gain regardless of how the defense has lined up. If Gore gets past the line of scrimmage and gets to the second level against an 8-9 man front, there are large gains to be had. It's a risk the 49ers are willing to take.
Now if someone said, "the 49ers get conservative when they have a sizable lead" then I would be in agreement, but that's just smart football. Relying on a good defense to protect the lead against an anemic offense (JAC, TEN, HOU) is just the right thing to do. DEN and NO continue to keep an open playbook when they have a multi-possession lead because they do not have a reliable defense like the 49ers. When the game is in the balance, the 49ers do not have a conservative offense.