Yesterday, Tre9er put together a post looking at 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson's Thursday press conference. One of Johnson's comments stood out to me, not so much for what it tells us about this Sunday's game plan, but for what we end up spending a lot of time discussing here at Niners Nation:
On Coach Singletary being weary of how many times an inside run is called for RB Brian Westbrook because of his concussion history and whether that is constricting:
"I'm not calling the game to restrict Brian from certain runs because of his concussion history. A run that may look like an inside run to you has the ability to bounce, so not all of the runs he gets are runs down the middle. There are runs that are designed to draw a defense in and maybe bounce if the look says so. So, there is a mixture of inside, outside runs for both running backs. Depending on what they do determines which cut they make."
Every so often I'll see a comment on NN that places blame in fairly black and white terms. "Player X is at fault because he failed to do this." While we can talk about the 49ers until we're blue in the face, we unfortunately are limited in many respects as to how accurate we can be. Our view of the game is based on what the TV folks provide us and what we can infer from that view.
It really would make life a whole lot easier if we had access to the coaches' film and we knew the plays that were being called in a bit more detail. For those who didn't see it, this is one area where the XFL was a bit ahead of its time. The XFL provided some unique camera angles and also had a microphone hooked up so you could hear the communication of a play to the QB on occasion. Now, hearing the coordinator say Ace Right Z-Dig X-Shallow isn't something we can easily figure out in the few seconds between plays, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
My point is that there are situations in which we speak in such definite terms in spite of the fact that what we see and hear is almost assuredly not the whole picture. I recall Chilo Rachal speaking about this earlier in the season as criticism mounted about his performance this season. I guess I'm just wondering whether people factor in that we don't have access to all the information when making our comments?
I know I mentioned something about Nate Clements getting burned on a double move, and then being corrected because it appeared as though one of the safeties was supposed to help him. I didn't even notice that but thankfully somebody else could point that out. There's not a huge point to this other than wondering how confident people are when they make judgments about the result of a given play, particularly in light of the 49ers epic failures in 2010.