I believe after this past Sunday roman and harbaugh will both be fully aware that the pistol formation is hurting our running game based on how defenses are playing it. But it won't be easy for them to move away from it Out of that formation the QB can threaten with the read option, can hand the ball of to various backs in the formation, can play action, or can drop back.
So with so many options, how can this be hurting us as an offense? Here is how, the running plays out of the pistol are slow developing and defenses are committing to filling every gap against us and playing man behind them. That is why when we run plays that require guards to pull you saw tackles in the backfield. On non pulling run plays we saw no lanes for gore to run through consistently.
So why don't we just go back too what gore does best in power formations with the QB under center? Because in order for the offense not to be so predictable out of those formations CK would have to be a competent drop back passer. That isn't who CK is at this moment in time. The pistol acts as a mini shotgun in which he can see routes develop sooner (in theory) and rely less on reading the defense pre snap and making adjustments. And then throwing in rhythm off of 3, 5, and 7 step drop backs.
As I see things we hreally have only two choices. Go back to an under center offense that relys on gore, hunter, James, and uses play action to give CK easy reads; or we utilize the read option more while in the pistol formation. The coaches would also need to stress CK to take running lanes often to really put stress on the defense.
Also we would need to move away from two tightend sets while in the pistol formation, and move to a spread pistol formation. Forcing defenses to come with nickel, dime or a hybrid nickel. I believe gore and are OL could dominate opposing nickels and dimes. And I believe teams that tried to man up on that many WR's would be gashed by CK out of the pocket. I ultimately think they would try a hybrid dime utilizing a cover LB, and would play more zone to prevent CKs big runs. But that zone would free up our many slot type receivers.
This change is going to be difficult for roman and harbaugh to make but I hope they make an adjustment sooner rather than later. Could make a big difference in our playoff situation the sooner we get desperate about our situation.