This thread is a discussion geared towards why the 49ers should continue to develop the spread offense for next year, and not give the smash-mouth approach another shot next year, even with o-line upgrades. Even though the the 49ers record after converting to the spread was less than desirable, having this ability in your arsenal is not just a cool way to give a different look - it is essential to success in today's NFL. 3 points if I may:
1) Due to NFL rule changes, some recent, some not so recent, it has become a passing league. Any contact is called on the DB probably 95% of the time, even if the receiver initiates the contact. I wouldn't be surprised if the NFL gets rid of the 5 yard bump rule in a few years given the success of this super bowl. They want scoring and the rules are slanted towards teams that score.
2)The teams that made it to the playoffs and went far, had dynamic passing attacks (sans NYJ and BAL of course), and the teams that made it all the way use the spread often and can rarely be stopped. If you want to win, you gotta score points. If you want to score points consistently, you have to pick up yards in chunks. That means passing the ball - a lot.
3)The 49ers have the pieces in place to run this ****!! If you hate Alex, love him, whatever....he's got a gun, and can make quick accurate throws from the spread and attack defenses with ruthless aggression. We have size and speed on the outside with Crabs and Morgan, and match-up nightmares in Vernon and Delanie. If we had half of the offensive ingenuity that the Saints and Colts have with their play calling, I think we would be near impossible to stop like they are. Oh and BTW, we have this stud RB too...
Obviously I don't think we should be 90/10 pass/run or anything like that, and I do think that we should be able to run out of the spread and pass out of the I-formation for deception purposes. Balance to any offense is important, but I think it is apparent that having a sick passing attack is the key to winning football in today's NFL. Singletary seeing this trend, and doing a 180 strategy-wise mid season says a lot about his big picture analysis skills and his ability to adapt, but that is another thread.
Bottom line is mix in some runs to keep the defense honest, but we need to fire away with the spread attack. This offseason needs to be dedicated to developing a (more) deadly passing attack out of the spread so that we can beat some teams 35-14 and not have to rely so heavily on our D.