Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by lamontb:
I really don't think JH would have told CK to just throw it out if Sherman is covering Crabtree. The Niners designed that play already knowing the match up. They got what they wanted. My question is why even have that play to Crabtree in the playbook when we have never seen him out leap anybody in the endzone for a TD. That's not his game. It didn't work in the super bowl so scrap it. I think JH is way to fiery and way too much of a competitor to ever tell CK to just throw it out. He'll tell him to take a shot. One reason why JH had limits on his NFL success as a qb. Taking too many chances leading to too many turnovers. .
After getting abused by Boldin in the jump-ball game and seeing all he did this year, I agree...IF you seriously think this was a great call, isolate BOLDIN, not Crabtree, a guy who's coming off a torn achilles and not exactly known for winning corner EZ routes.
I understand why people are critical of this play; there are good points to be made. But there is another side to the coin.
- A first down doesn't guarantee anything, we needed a touchdown. Everybody agrees with this.
- Being ten yards closer to the endzone doesn't make it easier to get into the endzone.
- Being right at the 1 yard line DOES make it easier to get a touchdown, but what are the chances of that happening, with only two timeouts left and 40 something seconds left on the clock? The chances of us getting that close to the endzone are very small. And once we got that close, would we still have timeouts left? Would we still have time to run the ball? Again, highly unlikely.
- If Seattle is assuming we DON'T want to make a "risky" play on 1st down, isn't that a good time to take advantage of their strategy, and go against the grain?
- If your best WR is isolated on a great CB one-on-one, you have to SOMETIMES throw the ball to him. Because if you don't throw the ball to him in these situations, when would you EVER throw the ball his way?
- Just because you throw a ball vs the best corner in the league, doesn't mean it will AUTOMATICALLY be an interception. It's not like we're talking about either a touchdown or an interception. It could easily be defended well, and fall incomplete, allowing you to continue playing.
- People are assuming there was NO chance for Crabtree to catch a touchdown on that play. I don't understand this. Even with tight coverage, Crabtree has proven many times, that he can fight for the ball against the best corners in the league.
Again, I understand why people are upset about it, and it's not a slam dunk either way, but I feel that the play was a solid decision given all the above circumstances.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM ]