Originally posted by NCommand:So true. The thing that is paramount in the WCO is 1) Multiple options for the QB, usually from high-to-low progressions (Post route, then to the TE in the soft zone and then to the RB as an outlet). There were ALWAYS plenty of receiving options for the QB and 2) Targeting weaknesses. What, Goldson just knocked Brown out in the NFCCG. Great, let's immediately go after Brock for the TD. That's smart in-game play calling right there yet have WE ever done that to a team? And game plans were designed to get both the QB and (all) receivers involved early and often and into a rhythm. Most importantly, the game plan was specifically designed to attack a defenses weaknesses. You suck against the run? Fine, we'll run Ricky Waters for 5 TD's in a playoff game. You have slow S's, fine, we'll exploit you on post patterns with Rice in the Superbowl (Chargers). You have a ferocious pass rush? Fine, our T's will let you fly right by inside while we sneak Steve Young on the edge on a QB keeper (Haley). You could see clear attacks on defensive weaknesses. Us? We run a nice route to McDonald in the NFCCG and then never go back to him even though the soft zones and delayed flare outs by the backs are THE way to exploit Seattle's defense. They were open all game long d/t the added attention to the intermediate sidelines and CK running off the edges and their LB's spying him.
Speaking of 1994, probably my favorite offensive performance poutside the Super Bowl was the Deion homecoming game at Atlanta. I remember it being an Absolute clinic in regards to both qb play and the WCO in general. Steve was 15/16 for 145 and 4 tds and had a 28-3 halftime lead. Here was the differnce between then and now, instead of padding his stAts and staying in, he didn't even play he second half. That is why as good as the niners qb numbers were I think it would be safe to say the left several tds and yards just by shutting it down with huge leads in the second half. The nfl today is sort of like a 12 year old playing madden, it is all about stats and fantasy numbers.
Now as for the title game vs Seattle, obviously Seattle made an adjustment to contain kaps legs in the second half. I still haven't rewatched it cause the pain is still pretty fresh, but I have little doubt a Walsh, holmgren or shanahan would have diagnosed the adjustment and exploited the new weakness. Speaking of WCO concepts, I think kap would excel on Texas concepts play. Hell we used to run that concept 5+ times a game. That's how watters caught 65 passes or more so how even Derrick loville had 85+ reception in 95. We make it way to easy on defense by not making them cover backs out of the back field.
[ Edited by Niners816 on Feb 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM ]