Originally posted by Geeked:
Originally posted by LEN-RHODE9er:
GEEKED......Bingo ! You hit the nail on the head Dude. That is basically what Boldin said when they played in the super bowl against the Raven's. We knew your s**t. Roman either needs to change or he needs to go or we are going to continue to feel just like we feel right now for a long time or hope that the level of play from other teams gets worse but you know that ain't happening.
Imagine if you're a QB, knowing the defense knows where your receiving options will run. How many "progressions" or "checkdowns" would you really process through, knowing the D will be right in that passing lane when you look that direction. This is why Kaep is developing bad habits. He's fighting the D and the play-caller.
I mean, seriously, is Seattle's D measurably better than the 49ers? are Seattle's receiving options superior?????
What happened to Hunter who was setting the world on fire until he got hurt? What happened to James????? What happened to the explosive Kaep???? How in the world did the rest of the league adapt to the level of talent the 49ers DO have???? How did one of the best o-lines revert to middling during half the games????
It all rests on Roman's approach... or Harboughs approach... I don't know which is more culpable. The fact is, there are OC's that would have destroyed with what the 49ers had on offense...... Imagine what Chip Kelley would have done with this talent.... that should get you fairly hot.
I've said this before in other threads but I'll repeat here because it fits.
Jim Harbaugh is an average-to-good coach. He is not a great coach. He is very over-rated by those who were not paying very close attention to the amount of talent that was being accumulated during the Nolan/Singletary years. By the time of Singletary's last season, the 49ers had become the sexy pre-season pick to win the NFC West. That opinion, which was shared by many, was based in large part on the recognition of the high level of talent on the roster. I recall reading predictions by NFL observers of an 11 win season. Of course the 49ers barely managed half of that and Iron Mike was gone to be replaced by Harbaugh.
In essence Harbaugh took over an 11 win roster and has been able to keep the team at about that level. For both fans and the players, getting to that level was great, particularly against the background of Singletary. However, a great coach would have taken that roster and made it better, not just hold serve which is essentially what Harbaugh has done. I would argue there are 8-10 other NFL coaches that would have done just as well with this roster of very talented players as Harbaugh had done. What he did was what any decent coach would have done.
So, back to the topic; in order to beat Seattle and take that next step, Harbaugh has to take a look in the mirror. The tricks and gimmick formations on offense are not fooling a good defense like Seattle. We need a scheme that actually uses the talent ON THIS ROSTER as opposed to trying to jam them all into the same round hole. Ground and pound doesn't work against their very good front 7 because they know we can not hurt them with the pass. JH needs to look at the best passing offenses in the league and figure out how to do what they do, and then teach Colin Kaepernick how to do that. (I know it may cause a fire but if JH were to sit down and study what Andy Reid and Alex Smith were doing over the last half of this past season, and install a good bit of that, this passing offense would be much improved.)
Defensively the two teams are very close…apart from the secondary and that is due primarily to Sherman's play along with Earl Thomas. The drop off from Thomas to Eric Reid is substantial but not precipitous. However, the 49ers have no one close to the cover and tackling skills of Sherman. He changes the game. I doubt the 49ers will find a rookie in the draft that can be the Sherman equivalent but they need to move in that direction.
In the meantime, Harbaugh MUST develop a balanced passing attack that can go after the rest of the Seattle secondary. In order to do that, we need to get either a second TE involved (McDonald) or a very good #3 wideout, or both. And, of course the final piece is the development of Kaepernick. Between these two teams, if either is to become clearly superior it will be the team that does the best job of developing their QB. As this point I believe Wilson has a small but clear edge. Can Harbaugh close the gap and move ahead? That will go a long way to determining who will dominate this division in the next 2-3 years and beyond.
[ Edited by dj43 on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM ]