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 8, 2008 12:26 am
Edited on: September 8, 2008 12:36 am

An NFL Week 1 of Upsets

Panthers 26, Chargers 24 - Yeah...the Chargers are very upset that they lost this one, especially at home. The Panthers didn't even have Steve Smith.

Bears 29, Colts 13 - WoW! Matt Forte rushes 23 times for 123 yards. Of course, take away the 50 yard TD and he is only averaging around 3.5 ypc. Former defensive MVP Bob Sanders is supposed to prevent gouging runs like that. What a way to break in the Colts new stadium.

Falcons 34, Lions 21 - This was the league toilet bowl matchup, so I'm not sure we can call this an upset. Maybe we didn't give the Falcons enough credit toward their rebuilding effort. Big plays by Michael Turner AND Matt Ryan.

Bills 34, Seahawks 10 - OK, maybe this wasn't an upset. Many have the Bills pegged as a playoff dark horse this year. What's upsetting (at least to Seahawks fans) is that they beat the Seahawks by 24 points. Never overlook the importance of special teams.

Patriots 17, Chiefs 10 - Bottom line is that the Patriots won. The Tom Brady injury will upset as many fantasy managers as Patriots fans.

 OK...I know it's early. Every year on opening day some teams play to their expectations and some just fall flat on their face. I believe that the Chargers and Colts will turn things around. Teams like the Lions and Chiefs will continue to struggle. The Seahawks are in big trouble. What will the Falcons and Bills show us next week? Good luck to Matt Cassel.

Posted on: May 15, 2008 11:53 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2008 12:20 am

Spygate...IT SHOULD DIE...


Spygate SHOULD die...only after the Patriots are punished for the infractions uncovered with the Walsh tapes. Pats fans will flame me for saying this but I don't care. The Pats and Pats fans alike claim that cheating is part of the game. The only problem with that statement is that the Pats GOT CAUGHT! Let's face it...if everyone DOES IT, why haven't any tapes surfaced of other teams cheating?

After reading the attached article, one thing stands out to me, the Pats taped 5 other teams' signals. So why is it over? Because there was no alleged "walkthrough". I think we have something just as valuable...the Pats cheated at least 5 other times. This is good for at least 1.25 million dollars in fines and no 1st round draft pick through 2013. The Pats should be punished for every one of these infractions. The opponents listed on the article include the Dolphins, Bills, Browns, Chargers, and the Steelers...all AFC opponents. With the exception of the Browns, all the teams listed affect the Patriots playoff scenario. There are 2 division rivals (Dolphins, Bills) and 2 playoff opponents (Chargers, Steelers). This should not go unpunished.

I am surprised that commissioner Goodell let this go so easily. He's done a good job of making examples out of players Chris Henry & Pacman Jones. What's so hard about this? Maybe Goodell doesn't want to offend his buddy Kraft. The bottom line is this, if you get pulled over for speeding, you get a ticket. If you get pulled over speeding 5 more times afterwards, chances are that you will get 5 more tickets. They don't stop issuing tickets just because you've already been ticketed once. This is not any different. The Pats have just got caught 5 more times for ILLEGALY taping signals and they should be punished 5 MORE TIMES!

So Patriots. There you have it. Just pay the price...and it will go away.

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