Originally posted by Toughniner:
Jonny, great as always.
But all this pre-snap-adjusting tells me how difficult it will be for the Niners to succeed in Seattle, where the noise takes away the verbal communication. I don't know whether hand signals are es effectiv (i.e. limiting the options).
Can you say something about this?
Every one of our audibles have hand signals built in. This is probably gonna look a little bit like greek, but, here's an example from an NFL playbook:
Note how each play has a word audible and a hand signal to correspond. There's a lot of these. They will also sometimes change the hand signals week to week, and also include "dummy" calls if they're playing a familiar opponent.
As far as crowd noise, we can use hand signals(you'll see it on the broadcast by Kaep slapping his wrist or the heart sign he'll show on his chest, those kind of things.
Here's an example from the game in Seattle:
They had just run a play and he was using the hand signal for the very next play off of that.
As far as the pre-snap reads, we use a lot of "hard" counts, which is the "huh HUT" you hear when we don't snap the ball to try and get the defense to show what it's really doing. There is a way to do this with the silent count.
The silent count, the RG looks back at the QB(in shotgun) and the QB will lift his leg, then the RG turns back around and taps the center's leg to let him know the QB has given the snap. The center will wait a half second, and snap the ball. The defense can see this, so we'll vary which time we snap the ball from this, 1st, 2nd, 3rd time to use as a hard count.