Originally posted by jonnydel:
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by thl408:
The reason this play was really interesting is because it opens the question that if Kap is calling plays based on his pre-snap read, then couldn't a defense force the 49ers into a play call based on what they reveal pre-snap? Using this play as an example, was TB baiting the 49ers into thinking that a blitz was coming? Looking at the pre-snap GIF. The SS bites so much on the hard count it's a bit too obvious (you can see Kap's hard count by his head bobble). As if he wants Kap to change the play. Fake a blitz (which suggests man coverage), allow the offense to audible to a man coverage busting concept, then change the coverage to zone.
I'm glad you brought this up. A lot of teams have had success changing their defense after an audible. During the game, they did their arm flap two or three times, signaling they were audibling as well, or calling out our play change. We need to be able to do a fake audible at times to throw off this type of thing. For example, we call a play, Kap hard counts, the defense shows something, Kap yells out a fake audible, the defense audibles, and we run the play we were going to run the entire time.
There's a lot of gamesmanship going on back and forth there. You can see Kaep changed the play to a man coverage beater, but tampa countered by going with a 2 zone coverage that helped them stop the play short. I had looked at that play when I was breaking down the film as well, Tampa did stuff like that a couple times. You have to give it to the D-capt. there to make the right call on the fly. Sometimes the guys on the other side of the ball know their P's and Q's well too.
Agreed. In an offense that allows the QB so much flexibility at the line of scrimmage, it can work against the 49ers as well. TB decided to do this on a 3rd down, the money down. Maybe Kap can notice how blatantly obvious the fake blitz was? Just a tough play for any QB. He thinks he's doing the right thing, but he's actually doing exactly what the defense wanted him to do.