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What to expect from the 49ers Offense in 2010
Posted By Jason Rossi On Aug 4 2010 @ 8:10 pm In San Francisco 49ers | No Comments
With the Hall of Fame Game this weekend (and Jerry Rice being inducted into the Hall of Fame), I think it would be a good time to provide a full team overview of the San Francisco 49ers; this quick two part series will first focus on the 49ers offense, and the second part will focus on the defence. So without further delay, here we go.
Last year, the 49ers began to show signs that their offense was improving. Vernon Davis emerged as the dominant force he was expected to be and Michael Crabtree had a very strong season, despite his early season hold out. However, the running game was not their strong point, finishing 25th in the league in rushing yards per game. And later in the season Alex Smith was given the starting job…..again. He did well at the helm. Well enough to enter camp this year as the starter.
So what type of offense should we expect this year? If you are looking for the West Coast offense of the ‘80’s, I think you may be disappointed.
The 49ers are going to be a smash mouth football team. By using their two first round picks to select offensive lineman, David Anthony at offensive tackle and Mike Iupati at guard (Iupati has been working with the first teams, filling in when David Bass went down with a mild concussion), the 49ers are sending a message that they want to run the ball down their opponents throats. They will be a run first team.
This does not mean that Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan will be stagnant. A well established run game will only help the team offense by force opposing defences to stack the box. With a safety playing closer to the line to defend the running attach, this will open up the secondary. And with the freak- like abilities of Vernon Davis possibly forcing a double team, either Crabtree or Morgan will be one-on-one, giving Alex Smith great opportunities to complete passes.
But I must stress again, the 49ers will be a run first team.
Other factors to consider;
I hope you enjoyed my first post. My next post will discuss the 49ers defence, and what I think we should expect from them.
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