Originally posted by Jd925:
Yeah. I think all the pre-snap motions are about being cute rather than being effective, but it is what it is and Roman will do what he'll do. I do agree the offensive philosophy and Roman's only strength is the run game, but against a Seattle D that can put 8+ men in the box and play man + the crowd noise I wish we had better passing schemes. I think a conservative power run scheme can work against high-tempo passing teams, but Seattle is the opposite. They have a higher ranked D and rely more heavily on the run than we do so we'll be playing to their strengths. Too bad we don't have better passing schemes. I think in terms of talent, we're near the top in the league at the skilled positions: Kap, Gore, Boldin, Crabtree, Vernon, Patton. Hopefully we can utilize them better and hopefully Kap can just overcome bad schemes with his talent. Otherwise I'm hoping we escape with a 15-14 win on five FG's and great defense.
Yes, I wish our passing game was more dynamic too. We have the skill position players to do it. We can't become one-dimensional running or passing against a great defense like Seattle's. We need balance. Last week was very promising because we made plays both running and passing against Carolina's stout defense.
I actually like the Saints' approach last week, they just screwed themselves over with mental errors and mistakes. They were running the ball with consistent success. A costly turnover, penalties, and botched special teams killed them. Seattle barely had to lift a finger, and they had a 16-0 lead.
Seattle's defense can be run on. We have to establish that, because we don't want to sling the ball against that secondary and pass rush. The more effect our running game is, the easier time we'll have throwing the ball.