These are just some questions and scenarios that have been bouncing around in my head.
First, let me preface by saying that I'm just a fan. I'm sure there's a lot that I don't know about being an OC, and even though it's been easy to criticize Raye this year, I can't be sure I have the whole picture. The fact remains that he's an Offensive Coordinator in the NFL, and that's no small accomplishment.
Jimmy's playcalling was a major factor in our loss in Minnesota last week, and not just the last 2 drives. It was also behind our 0/11 3rd down conversion stat.
After the game, Coach Sing said that he wasn't going to second guess Raye's game, but I'd bet they sat down and made some adjustments to the "Run first, second, and third" philosophy. It was reassuring to see some other dimensions to our offense against the Rams.
But will it last?
What happens when Gore comes back? Will we go back to cracking his head against the blitz, or will we start taking advantage of those great hands of his?
What happens when our team develops? Hill is looking a little better every game, and Vernon is stepping way up. Then there's this Nate Davis kid, whom I'm cautiously optimistic about, and Sheets, who might develop into a nice outside running threat. SF is gonna have some excellent opportunities in next year's draft to fix up our O line and improve our recieving corps.
When Raye has more offensive options, will he use them? Or stick to the old "Gore is our bell cow" philosophy?
And, realistically, aren't we kind of married to Jimmy Raye for a while? Can we really afford a sixth OC in 6 seasons?
And after next year, when the rest of the NFL sees our new fine tuned finished product, would we lose #6 to a HC job and have to look for a #7?
This is all assuming a lot. I'm probably just worrying about nothing. After all, the Niners showed a lot more creativity against the Rams on Sunday.
Here's hoping that everything evolves in the right direction.