Originally posted by Niners816:
Originally posted by NCommand:
We have all the tools we've needed from day 1. Even McDonald is excellent at finidng the soft zones like a traditional WCO TE. And can someone seriously justify NOT using Gore, Hunter and James in the passing game as not only a huge RAC benefit in open space but also one that would help CK get into an early rhythm in the passing game? Make the defense defend the entire field...force them out of 8-9 in the box on first downs?
I do want to note that some of this is on coaching and teaching CK as well. We seem to install the offensive incrementally. CK right now, clearly has tunnel vision and doesn't always seem to even know where his outlets are. For instance, 13:40 of 3Q. Patton starts out in the X and slants immediately to the right side of the field across the formation. Gore flares out to the right side of the field behind Patton, wide open. CK ignores both and is forced left and hits Crabtree down field in double coverage. Patton's man leaves him following CK's downfield eyes to the left and makes the tackle on Crabtree immedaitely coming all the way across the field to the strong side. It worked...BUT Gore was wide open on the right side of the field WITH a blocker in front with only 1 defender on that side of the field (some 20 yards down field). In short, if he hits Gore here, that's a TD.
You brought up a good point about primary, secondary and third rec per game. I know making my % charts and looking at buck's table, 33-35% to the primary just seems like a lot. Especially when you don't have the spread like the '94 squad did. Again what is so frustrating is that sort of reliance on one guy should open up others, and based on your breakdown it seems that it in fact is opening the flats and backs out of the backfield. It's just time to start taking advantage of this. The results are gonna be stunning, increase in comp%, qb rating and a bigger spread in reception distribution.
Oh for sure. I liked the game plan to attack Seattle on the edges with CK exposing them and also with big scrambles b/c of all the intermediate+ go-routes we run. Once CK got past the first wave (DL and the spy), he was off and running for huge gains. In short, we were stretching their defense out (and we had good blocking down field). This clearly, was by design. If they continued to rush their DE's hard (and they did), CK would side-step and be off and running.
It was that second half where I feel our game planning failed miserably, the RZ offense and esp. first down calls. Seattle adjusted and we didn't exploit them for it. Coaching, IMHO, has cost us 3 straight Superbowls. But that's another thread. LOL.
Hopefully, the short and outlet game will be the next wave of installments in this offense (fingers crossed). If we get Lattimore, Gore, Hunter and James heavily involved in the offense playing off our play action and intermediate+ "go route" designs, they are going to be impossible to stop for a defense. Why? 1) Good defenses already have to use a LB or S to "spy" CK. Now you have one less defender in coverage which means somebody is going to have, literally, nobody covering them. 2) We tend to run a ton of AR1 and 2's and primary reads where these routes alone "stretch the field" vertically a good 10-20 yards. This means there is a ton of space between the DL and first wave of receivers (an area we can exploit with RB/FB's and soft-zone TE's) and 3) Like any receiver, the more they get their hands on the ball, the better they'll get and RB's, by nature, are built to make at least the first guy miss and like with CK, if he gets past that first defender, he's off and running; couple THAT concept with our tremendous big-bodied downfield blockers and the defense will be forced to pick it's poison. If they do, we can destroy them again in the power running game with less men in the box on a simple audible at the LOS.
But this coaching staff has a lot to learn re: first down production and attacking obvious defensive weakness and also, adjusting to the defenses adjustments and attacking new areas. We fail at chess, not talent.
[ Edited by NCommand on Apr 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM ]