Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by NCommand:
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.
After all the film clips that have been posted, you still believe that we run an AR passing attack? Kap has options on the majority of the pass plays on who to throw to. It is up to him to choose where to throw, based on his reading of the coverage. AR plays are just sprinkled in here and there. ALL of the passing concepts that I have mentioned in the breakdowns rely on the QB reading the defense and making the proper throw based on what he thinks the defense is doing. It's not even close when comparing the number of AR pass plays versus plays that use real passing concepts. There are so many more plays where Kap needs to use his smarts to determine where to throw. Here are the passing concepts that I have mentioned in the film threads when showing 49er plays. I'll categorize them as to what they try to accomplish.
zone busting concepts (vertical stretch): smash, high-lo
zone busting concepts (horizontal stretch): all-curls, 4 verticals, curl flat, follow,
Zone busting concept (horizontal and vertical stretch): triangle concepts
man busting concepts: mesh (criss crossing routes), rub (bunch formations)
The 49ers utilize ALL of these concepts and the proof is on film. I'm sure there are more that I just don't recognize. It's time to put this notion that the 49ers run a predominantly AR passing attack to bed. This could be the thread to do it. Perhaps I'll breakdown some AR plays that the 49ers do run so we can see just how scarce they really are throughout the course of a game.
Predominant? I wouldn't say that...during an early span last year, I'd say yes, but as the season progressed, no. Do I still think many passing designs/calls dictate who the passes will go to, pre-snap? Naturally...b/c we're still going to that target no matter what the defense does pre-snap. This concept has been reinforced by both CK and Harbaugh. But I also believe more and more PS plays were being added throughout the year and many are grounded in your concept where CK must read the defense pre snap and determine his primary read based on the coverages he is seeing...the best matchup. Given neither of us have an iPlaybook yet (and I'm working on this...LOL), it's very hard to know if a play call is an AR1, AR2 or PS play where the passing game is dictacted by the defensive coverages just before the snap. Why? B/c more often than not, CK stays with his primary read. Granted the AR2's are easiest to see. Given that many of the designs you reference (zone busting and man busting concepts), even a standard WCO design, they can STILL be designed to get one AR the ball; like how we typically run go-routes to clear space for an underneath receiver or flood one side of the field to get isolation on the other (NFCCG INT). Are the other's "really" receiving options by design? Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. High-low concepts, yes b/c that's an IF-THEN WCO design. In short, this is the most unique offense in the NFL and we really have no clear tendencies or ID to say, "This is who we are in the passing game." I would imagine next year, we'll see some additional waves of concepts added now that Harbaugh says they know who their personnel is....maybe put more in the hands/brain of CK as a true signal caller. I think and hope we're in the middle of a transition right now into a FT PS offense...whatever that offense is.
I only used the word predominant because you stated that, "We tend to run a ton of AR1 and 2's
". I guess I misunderstood what "a ton" means. I thought it meant that you were implying the 49ers are predominantly using AR1/2 plays. After all, "a ton" sounds like a lot.
I'd like to think I can tell whether a play is AR1/AR2/PS. Just look at all the thumbnails of the passing plays that have been posted. I'm fairly certain I did that for the NO, SEA, TB, ATL, ARI, GB, and SEA games. That is a sneak peak into the 49er's passing playbook. We can go over what the 49ers are trying to do on any certain play you would like to discuss, and the discussion can be open to anyone that wants to take part. We can try to point out plays where you think there is an AR and we can see whether it truly was or not. Just do a forum search on 'analysis' and somewhere in those threads I list the thumbnails like this:
My claim is, Kap is the person to decide who the primary read is once he gets to the line of scrimmage and makes his pre-snap read. Remember that an AR play is one where the whole team knows who is getting the ball when the huddle breaks. An example of an AR play that everyone can understand is a screen pass to the running back. When the huddle breaks, everyone
knows who is getting the ball and they will block, or run decoy routes, to benefit the AR receiver.
The concepts I listed above work to get someone
open. That someone is determined by what the defense does. And what the defense does determines who Kap should throw to. If a defense is showing a certain tendency, then Kap can have a good idea of what will happen (who will be open). If not, then he needs to see post snap what the defense ends up doing. So no, the concepts I listed are not designed for an AR to get open because it is not an AR play.