1994 - WR (52.0%) TE (17.6%) Backs (30.4%)
WR1 - (32.3%)
HB1 - (18.4%)
TE1 - (13.6%)
WR2 - (11.4%)
WR3 - (5.8%)
HB2 - (5.3%)
HB3 - (4.5%)
TE2 - (3.6%)
LOVE THIS! Now this is how you use the entire field, get your QB into an early rhythm and distribute the ball and make the defense defend everything. Who do you cover, the WR1, RB1 or TE1? And oh yeah, there is a WR2 and HB2 to contend with as well and we've always had tremendous FB's as well from Rathman to Floyd to Miller now.
I went back and watched the NFCCG. You want to know what the real issue has alwaye been with the HaRoman offense? I've been posting about it since Alex has been here.
FIRST DOWN PRODUCTION
Total Yards Gained on First Down = 140
yards on 20 attempts but...
Of those 140 yards, CK accounted for our only (running) production with runs of 58
) yards and there was only 2 passes completed (22
) the entire game and both were in the second half. The rest? Of the 20 attempts, there were only 6 passing attempts total with 4 incompletions and 2 completions. In short, we ran on first down the entire game and (lack of) production is noted as follows with Gore giving way to Hunter/James late in the 4Q: 2 yards, 1, -1, 0, -1, -1, 9, 0, 3
(James). So between our 3 RB's, that's a total of 23 yards on 11 carries or 2 yards a carry thanks to Hunter's 11 yard run late in the 4Q off tackle. Gore had a total of 12 yards for the entire GAME on first down.
To me, this has always been our issue and playing quality teams magnifies your issues/weaknesses. When you are in 2nd and 10+ every down, naturally, you are forced back into the intermediate+ passing game (lower completion %) and with Seattle's rotating pressure on the DE edges, we played right into their strengths (pass rush and physical coverages). The defense knew to stack the box on first down inside the DE's and b/c we take the play clock down to 1 second each time, they even knew when to fire off the LOS to stuff our run for absolutely no production. Also, with Gore, there is zero threat of a run off tackle. Seattle's game plan was simply to stuff the run on first down, force us into our intermediate passing game (no worry about a short or deep pass) and spy CK in the second half with a LB or S. Technically, this is every good defenses game plan against us.
To see where we could have attacked Seattle, jonnydel showed the intermediate slants were open also. I also contend the short game would have eaten up Seattle as well in the second half given they had to devote a spy to CK (usually a LB) and with their single-high S press and Cover 3 coverages (or mix of rolling to the strong side where we tend to flood receivers to get isolation on the weak side); the edges were wide open. Also the roll-right with a TE coming across
the formation (i.e. one and only McDonald play) probably could have been run against their defensive grain all game long, to the left or right side.
I went back to NFL Rewind (don't show all the plays) just to watch the RB's. From the second half of the season on, the RB's would stay in to block, delay and then flare out either behind the DL in the middle of the field or out in the flats as a receiving outlet for CK. This is what I saw on passing downs:
1) The edges were open with designed runs by CK and Hunter/James (not Gore) off tackle; Gore, Boldin, VD & Crabtree are amazing blocking on the edges out there in front of CK/RB. In fact, several times Gore just sprinted out of the backfield and ran down the sideline and chop-blocked a DB and never once turned his head back (same with McDonald & VD and the recievers). Clearly, the design in the first half was to attack with CK's legs with great downfield blocking. It worked. Then...
2) The second half was all about the pass
and THAT is when these delayed check-outs by the RB's from the backfield were not only open, but WIDE open with the LB's focused on spying CK right at the LOS and with single coverage or deeper zone coverage of VD, Crabtree and Boldin b/c of our typical "go routes" coupled the rest of our intermediate routes d/t zero production on first downs. In short, there was space for the RB's in the passing game all second half and Seattle absolutely took the trade off...they focused on intermediate coverage and spying CK and completely ignored the RB's and took that calculated risk. They chose wisely as we never adjusted IMHO.
[ Edited by NCommand on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:27 AM ]