Originally posted by buck:The options are not either x or y.
Yes. Improvements can only be made to a certain extent, but that is true for both the offensive and defensive.
Our defense is good, very good. I would like to see it get better.
Our offense is not nearly as good as our defense. I would like to see it get better.
Over the last three years, we have passed the ball 46.59% of the time and we have run it 53.41% of the time.
I would like to see us increase the percentage of times we throw the ball.
Maybe we should run the ball 51% of the time and pass it 49% of the time.
I do not know if that will require a change in philosophy, but if it does, it does.
I don't think it will take a change in philosophy. Both Walsh and Harbaugh like to get to a balanced attack, it's just that philosophically speaking Walsh was 51% pass 49% run and Harbaugh the opposite. Now of course 54% run and 46% pass is getting into territory where you become to predictable, *unless* you have superior athletic talents that say no matter what the opposing defense does, we're going to move the ball, then if that's the case a 54% run pass ratio may not be bad. Personally, I think the cap has more to do with the run/pass ratio than philosophy. With many teams putting a premium on WR's and pass catching TE's, they drive the market value up for those kinds of players, whereas the power runners like Frank Gore's without the Adrien Peterson fast break speed isn't in much demand. I think good O Linemen that can man block for the run, vs O Linemen that are premier pass protectors are cheaper *capwise* because most NFL teams are trying to take advantage of the more liberal passing rules.
Again, personally, because of Kaep's uncommon long range arm and accuracy, I'd rather have two desean Jakson type of WR's manning AR - 1 and AR -2, than two ball control receivers like a Crabs and Anquan manning AR - 1 and AR -2. I think that fits Kaep's skill set better than trying to shoehorn him into being a Russell Wilson type of horizontal QB. If Harbaugh also thinks this then Harbaugh/Baalke will draft *two or three* speedster WR's. Also, you can almost say that Qunton Patton can be a speedster WR because he's been clocked at 4.5 / 40. and so I"m looking to see if the 49ers draft maybe one or two more faster Quinton Patton type of WR's.
Finally, I think our running game needs to be improved as well as our passing game. We need Vance to become a better blocker so that if Bruce Miller goes down - Vance can step in adequately. He missed some blocks in the NFCCG that JohnnyDel alluded to. I'm looking to actually get better depth at the TE position. I'd like a big 250 or 260 pound power running fullback like a brandon jacobs for the 3rd and short game. I'd be looking to replace Celek and Derek Carrier with faster and bigger draftees. Our future center, whether that be Kilgore or a draftee needs to be a much stronger man blocker than we've had here in a while. I think a stronger run game will help our passing game.