Tag:J.T. O'Sullivan
Posted on: October 1, 2008 2:46 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2008 2:50 pm

Chemistry Lesson For Mad Scientist Martz

Hi Coach Martz. Here's a formula to help you with your next game...and all games moving forward.

Lot's of Frank Gore running + some short pass plays mixed in with the deep ball = winning

Let's start with last Sunday's loss to the Saints. The Saints lit us up for 6 sacks. Their season total coming into the game was 4. We made a poor defense look good. Maybe the Saints D is that good. But why did it have to start with us? Let's back up 2 games to Seattle. They sacked JTO 8 times. Do you know what the Seahawks total for the season is? TEN!

What is it about the 49er offense that makes these teams look good? Is it...

A) poor offensive line play?

B) the lack of short passing plays?

C) Frank Gore's lack of involvement?

D) J.T. O'Sullivan holding the ball too long?

E) All of the above.

The answer is E. Is that much of a surprise? Let's start with A. We knew O-line was an issue since week 1. To this day, the line has not played any better. You tried to use Vernon Davis to block, you even used Frank Gore to block on several occasions. Guess what, it didn't work. Teams have figured your offense out. The goal is to pressure the QB into mistakes. At this point, the line is still a work in progress. This brings me to point B & C. Since we can't block for long, why not incorporate more 3 step drops and/or dump the ball to Davis or Gore? These are like short running plays. I noticed we tried some short ones to Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson, but the timing was off. Why not isolate Gore and Davis more? It only takes a few short plays like these to keep the defense from blitzing every play. Those short crossing routes seem to work well. Try using them more. I see you like to use Gore early and then stop. May I ask why? Gore was averaging close to 5 yards per carry. Why didn't you take advantage of this more to keep the Saints defense off balance? It only takes a few decent runs against a blitzing defense to keep them honest. So that's game planning in a nutshell. Let's talk about QB development. I know JTO is your favorite son with the 49ers. So much, in fact, that Shaun Hill and Alex Smith are almost forgotten names. But please tell JTO that he should check down more often. This will help him with the BIG plays that he so eagerly wants later in the game. Tell JTO that if the big play isn't there, then pass it to Gore or Zak Keasey. Please also tell him to keep that ball closer to his body. These are not new problems. They've existed since week 1 and were never resolved. How we overcame the Seahawks is a great story, but it was luck.

Let's move onto this Sunday. Bill Belichick is a mastermind when it comes to defense. He's already punked you out once in a big way Mike. Do you remember that Super Bowl upset where your Rams were favored by 17? Billy B took an average team and made you look like a fool on national TV. So what's Belichick thinking? He's thinking that he has this game in the bag. He's thinking that he owns your offense. Bill thinks that since he beat you when it mattered, he's just going to come in here and take that win away from you like taking candy from a kid. What do you plan to do about that Mike? It's time to set stubborness aside and get serious. The formula for winning is listed above. It's not a guaranteed win, but what you are doing now isn't working either. The time for change is now. Good luck Mike!

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 28, 2008 5:10 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2008 5:13 pm

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back; Saints 31, 49ers 17

It's like a dance move...

Only we're talking football here and not Dancing with the Stars. What seemed like progress for the 49ers in weeks 1-3, was virtually wiped out in one game versus the Saints. The Saints did everything they planned for. That's credit to Sean Payton's game planning and the Saints execution. The 49ers, reminded us of last year's squad...memories that us Niner fans wish would just go away. Here are some notes to the 49er coaches.

MIke Martz - What's up with the protection? The Saints were 25th in terms of sack production (4 sacks) coming into this game. They dialed up the pressure and came away with 6 sacks. OK...J.T. O'Sullivan wasn't much help. He held onto the ball too long at times. But takeaway half those sacks and JTO was still under constant pressure. JTO had been hurried 20+ times entering the 4th quarter. The Saints did the same thing to us in the 1st half. 1) Why weren't we dialing up more short pass plays to counter the blitzes? 2) Where was the 2nd half adjustments? It's not all your fault coach Martz. JTO needs to realize that the big play isn't always going to be there and needs to check down quicker. The bottom line is that every team is going to try to exploit the 49ers pass protection. The Cardinals started this trend. The Seahawks capitalized with 8 sacks. Then we shut the Lions down by allowing only 1 sack and affording JTO time to throw downfield. Pass protection set us back on offense today. NO protection and JTO loses rythm and timing.

MIke Nolan/Greg Manusky - Who's game planning on defense? It's no secret that we need to pressure Drew Brees. We did well enough in the 1st quarter with the 6 man blitzes. Why did we stop? The Saints are deep at receiver without Marques Colston. Did we think we could cover all those Saints receivers with our depleted secondary (no Shawntae Spencer or Donald Strickland)? Why would we try to lay back in coverage with these guys missing? It doesn't play to our strength this week. We had a full cast of D-linemen and linbackers and didn't use them effectively (or enough). How many sacks did we get today? None. The Saints fed us the big donut for sacks. I thought the 3-4 was about dialing up those trick blitzes? Of course it didn't help that our D-linemen couldn't consistenly eat up blockers or push the pocket.

JTO - OK...your not the coach. But you are the leader on offense. There was the fumble in the 2nd quarter that gave the Saints great field position and ultimately the TD. You were doing the Texas 2 Step the whole game (and we don't even play Dallas until week 12). You were 0 for 5 on 3rd downs early in the 3rd quarter. AND WORST OF ALL...YOU THREW 2 PICKS IN THE ENDZONE!

To sum it up, 1) poor pass protection, 2) lack of pressure on Brees, 3) failure to convert on 3rd down, 4) lack of scoring in the red zone, and...5) TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS!!! These are all areas we showed improvement on the last 2 weeks. We actually took 5 steps back today. So maybe I can't count. I am a little distracted by my teams loss. Excuse me while I go bang my head against a wall.

Category: NFL
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