Originally posted by Oldschool9erfan:
Many times the Niners in the last few years have run the ball a lot, but they should have run
More in the Giants championship game. We run, and we probably win that game.
At the goal line for the superbowl......Man we should have run it more.
The Colts game we were blowing their whole team off the line and we completely go away from the run.
I'm glad we got back to the run. We have the team to be able to run the ball even with eight men in the box. I think that's been Mangini's role.
Now we are going to get Manningham and Crabtree back. BOO YA!!!! We are really dangerous. We will have our best receiving core in the past ten years. Bolden, Crabs, Manningham with Kyle Williams and Baldwin as back ups. (Will Quintan patton be shut down for roster space?)
I think we will have a nice balance for the playoffs with no glaring weaknesses. Could the niners be peaking at a better time? Keep it rolling.
Plus we get Aldon back, Tank, Dial, Wright? Look out Seahawks!
Agreed, like Seattle, our passing game completely hinges on the running game and THAT is who we are. I'm happy we got back to our identity. CK is essentially, the "game manager" now but different that say, Alex Smith who has much more excuse and now (freedom from Andy) to change plays at the LOS. And like others noted, WHEN we have to pass we will but why bother if you don't have to, eat up the clock, control the game and finish. The real test of our passing ability will come when, like in Seattle, we are stuffed in the run game to start the game and forced to pass into a secondary playing tough, physical press coverage...esp. when that annointed WR is disrupted/covered/taken away. THEN we'll see what kind of real passing game we have...