Originally posted by Marvin49:
Harbaugh was hired for THIS offense. He was hired for the offense he ran at Stanford. That is what they will continue to run.
Harbaugh is a great coach. Roman is much better than people think. They will adapt. They will also be able to do more of what they did last year when the horses come back.
I see all of this criticism of Roman running a "College Offense". Thats balony. Every offense was at one point a college offense. Even the WCO.
This team is struggling on multiple levels. The QB is struggling when the first read isn't there. He'll improve. The WRs are struggling beating man-to-man coverage. The good ones are coming back. Roman is struggling with ways to scheme the first read open when they can't do it on their own and his QB is struggling getting to the second read. He's struggling getting a run game going against a freakin' 10 man front.
It isn't any one thing. The only way Roman leaves is if he's hired as a HC. If he leaves, the new OC will NOT bring in an all new system and poof...everything is fixed. The new OC is likely already on the 49ers staff and they will work within the system they have now to improve.
Minor disagreement: Harbaugh was hired to win. PERIOD. It so happens that the Stanford program he inherited had been turned around on the demands of the many wealthy Stanford alums who insisted the school start spending money on the football program, and they did. As a result, every bright kid in the nation who was also a big, good football player began to look seriously at the school and many top level HS players began to enroll. Harbaugh came into that program with the offense he had run in San Diego and installed it there. He won. It wasn't WCO, far from it, but he won and that was all that mattered.
So Baalke hires him and again he inherits a very good roster. He promises to install the WCO but has not seemed to get around to doing that as yet. However, nobody really cared as long as he had a solid QB to go with a loaded roster. He won. It doesn't matter that it was a "college offense" or not. It is a very simple offense except for the complexity of the alignments. Last season it fooled a lot of teams but this year those same teams are just sitting back, waiting for all the shifting to cease, and playing the game. HaRo likely will change very little this season. It is too late to make many changes. However, certain basics of the WCO would be very helpful to both the team and Kaepernick. Whether we see any of them appears doubtful. As you said, Harbaugh has his offense and he does not appear the least bit interested in changing it.
Next year I expect Roman to be back. I recognize he has done some very creative things but "creative" does not always work, and that is where we are. If Harbaugh is back, Roman is back unless some other teams wants to make him HC. If that happens, I will not cry. I have been very open in my criticism of him and I won't back off that point unless he shows something significantly different in these final 6 games.
In the meantime, Kaepernick is stuck in a situation that looks very difficult. His confidence is obviously very low and the system does not seem to make it easier for him.