Originally posted by Giedi:
Originally posted by pasodoc9er:Joe and coach Walsh both made GOAT careers out of passing on first down, frequently on 2nd also. It is the one thing Coach H has steadfastly refused to do, and consequently, I think he cheated himself out of 2 SBs.
Meh. We lost the Superbowl and we lost the NFC CG on pass plays. In hindsight, one can argue that we should have run it and that Harbaugh didn't stick to his run first philosophy enough.
I see, we threw a pass on the last play of the game, and we lost the game, so passing is bad? You think we lost the superbowl on two plays? We lost because of the culmination of all ~~70 plays. Perhaps if we had a more well-rounded pass game we wouldn't of had to resort to a desperation pass on the last play of the game. Developing a more well-rounded short & intermediate (& deep) passing game has several benefits:
#1. More first downs
. The 49ers were 25th in NFL for 1st downs, and converted only 36% of their 3rd downs. Despite many pro-bowlers.
#2. More first downs = ball control = wears down the opponents defense = rests our defense
#3. More first downs = more points
so we don't have to throw desperation Hail Mary type passes at the end of the game
#4. Passing more often = teaches the players to perfect the passing game
so they are better at it. It's pretty hard to just catch a very few balls all year (like Vance McDonald, Hunter, LMJ, Gore, etc) and then get a fastball from Kap in crunch time. A team that passes more is likely to be better at it and then if they need to pass they are more likely to succeed at it rather than throwing up a tough hail mary pass.
#5. Well-rounded short passing game helps the run game and the deep passing game
We run the ball time and again into the stacked defense over and over and then at the end of the game we have to throw a desperation pass to win the game is asking a lot of the players. And then blame the loss on the pass. Better to have a well-balanced ball control passing game