Originally posted by thl408:
So middle screens work, when compared to screen left/right. WR screens work somewhat. Instead of running screens to the RB, I'd rather just run a draw play. Both types of play work to slow down the pass rush. We talk about putting players in a good position to succeed. Running screen left/right would not be putting the 49er players in a position to succeed.
Fantastic gif's...let the gif's do the talking! Great work on this compilation. And I fully agree with your assessment. Like I mentioned in the previous post, timing is everything, with a screen. Naturally, if a defense already has 9-10 guys up at the LOS they've got us in the number's game (you can see how in most, the defense clearly outnumber our blockers). You also illustrate one of my long-standing complaints in Kyle Williams. But his absolute imability to block (save for the crack-back block on the Alex Smith/Saints TD) was very salient to me. He alone blew up so many plays I can't even count them. No WAY should you have a 5'10" 120 pound WR split out wide to block on any AR-like plays or screens. Now, having him as your target to run the screen? Now THAT is a much better idea.
With the likes of Crabtree, Boldin and VD, we should be able to get some very succesful quick WR screens when the DB's are playing off...all three are very good blockers. Our RB's screens out on the edges should now be a little more sucessful (while keeping the defense honest and forcing them to cover the entire field). I love how you highlighted the middle screen...this one we don't seem to run much but it seems to suit our OL better blocking down hill vs. getting out on the perimeter and trying to block out on space.
Another thing that can help the screen is Roman's smoke-and-mirrors perspective...misdirections to one side and then toss back to the screen side, delayed screens and pump fakes to one side to hold the defenders, etc. When I watch very good screen teams, they do a fantastic job of selling it and setting it up in their favor. This takes practice, repetition and an OC that knows when to call them...HaRoMan can give CK the option as well esp. on the WR screens.
[ Edited by NCommand on Dec 21, 2013 at 7:08 AM ]