Originally posted by 49erphan:
Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by 49erphan:I feel that 28 yard run by Mendenhall really messed up the 49ers in the head. After that run, they (ILBs) were biting on the play fake (as jonnydel mentioned on play#1) and so were some of the CBs all throughout the game. Just hypothesizing, but one of the reasons I think the 49er CBs bite on the play fake is because they play with a cushion. Playing with a cushion has its pros and cons. Pros are coverage disguise, ability to attack downhill on run plays, ability to see route combinations develop (since they are further back and can see more of the field), and the ability to read the QB's dropback to help gauge the depth of the WR routes. For example, seeing a three step drop probably means a quick pass, so get ready to jump a short route. However, having their eyes in the backfield also makes it more likely to fall for the play fake.
Thanks for showing that; I had wondered about how effective play action had been in slowing down the rush. It seems like the Packers - with Lacy as a strong running threat and Rodgers with his amazing quick and accurate throws - could do the same thing. Is there anything the 9ers can do schematically to deal with it?
Against GB, they just have to work to make GB one dimensional, which I think is the 49er's goal coming into every game. But, if Lacy happens to rip off a big gain, don't allow it to mess with the CBs' heads too much. The defensive backfield has to continue to trust the front 7 to handle the run game and just concentrate on the WRs.
I can see how a play action fake to Lacey by Rodgers could cause problems for Bowman and/or Willis. I'm wondering, too, about how play action fakes affect Aldon Smith and Brooks - does it cause them to pause in their pass rush to make sure there isn't a receiver they need to drop back to cover? I suppose that depends on the defense called against a particular offensive play, but is there a general tendency of play action fake to a productive running back which woulto slow down the outside linebacker pass rushes?
Aldon and Brooks were very affected by the play action fake and it has to do with their assignment responsibilities (jonesadrian touched on this in post #85). Once Palmer's back is turned to execute the play fake, Aldon and Brooks will halt in their tracks to set the edge. Once they recognize that it is a play fake, they have to regain momentum to rush the QB (this can probably best be seen in the telecast). You already mentioned how the ILBs are affected. Normal responsibilities that come with a 1st/2nd down defensive playcall for a 3-4 OLB. Fangio can say 'go get the QB', but that's a gamble that loses if the offense decides to run through the B or C gap.