Originally posted by thl408:
Here's the first drive of the game where the offense looked decent. Gore racks up 32 yards on his first four carries of the game. So it's possible to get the ground game going.
#1: 22 personnel (2RBs, 2TEs, 1WR). After a bunch of motioning around, they settle on this alignment.
Below: A bit after the snap, notice all the Oline blocking to their right. It's a misdirection play for 11 yards.
The play: Gore for 11
Read option and the DE the 49ers don't block is Charles Johnson. He's a badass man. Everyone else is manned up to their blocking assignments.
The play: CJ is frozen in his tracks and let's Gore run right by. 17 yard gain.
It's the money down and the 49ers will again use the read option. Again they leave Johnson unblocked.
The play: This time Charles Johnson makes the stop. Not sure why Miller decided to pass on him. Is there a chance Miller was also reading the outside LB and thought Kap was going to keep the ball?
Thanks for startng this thl408. I was watching NFL Network/ESPN/PFT, etc. (shocker) last night and they had a nice breakdown of this game and one thing really stood out to me. The Panthers did an excellent job of not only assigning a "spy" on CK but running many stunts and blitzes inside while swinging their edge rushes out wider to contain CK. BUT, the downside is that it spreads the DL out and there are some big holes inside if we can hit them quickly
. I like the I-back formation here and I would love to see Hunter sprint up through these holes; he also has the speed and vision to hit them inside-outside if needed. Start out with Gore but one thing I've noticed is that Gore is getting tackled from behind a lot lately (age, ankles, fatigue, etc.). He's not hitting the holes with the same early-season burst. Granted, much of that is b/c of the bunched up jumbo packages and having to be extra patient BUT, I think this may be a game where we can really exploit big holes between the tackles. As a result, if we get this going, this may be a game where we can run a reverse and fly sweep with Patton as well and really catch them off guard. Then, once they are pinching in a bit with their containment, we can run that option with CK for a big hitter as well outside. Carolina's D is very disciplined and stout but we can exploit it, IMHO. While it's a small sample size, it sure does look like their OLB/DE's are crashing down on the read option every time...looks like CK would be able to exploit them on the edge if he keeps it. Also, a jumbo formation (tip to the D it's an obvious run up the gut) would be an optimal time to run a fake inside, toss pitch wide/CK keeper.
PS: Let us know if you see anything in the passing game we could exploit!
[ Edited by NCommand on Jan 7, 2014 at 7:47 AM ]