I have been critical of your schemes all year, about how your play calling seems to rip the heart out of leads and momentum. There is no such thing as too many points or too large a lead, Greg. Do not waste momentum, go for the jugular! But what it is going to come down to Sunday is getting into the end zone when we're inside the ten yard line. Play each instance as if you're behind, as if the future of the world depended on it. Get into the end zone! I love Phi Dawson, but keep him on the sidelines.
The impression left is that you are unable to devise the strategy that pushes this team into the realm of touchdowns. It is as if you go blank, at a time when all your creative juices should be boiling to the surface. I believe you have it in you. I also believe that something happens in these scenarios that wrings them out of you. Is it fear, or arrogance, or maybe a lousy childhood?
We do not care, just lose it. See the 10 yard line as an opportunity for rebirth, a moment to shine. Be fearless, be loose, be clever. Coming away from those situations with 3 points over and over is monumentally bad. 14 points trumps 6 so utterly in the eyes of the defense that just relinquished them, words are hard to find to adequately describe the difference. The impact of these scenarios is the difference between winning and losing this Sunday. The 49ers will get you inside the ten, YOU must get them inside the end zone.
I have done an unscientific study of other NFL teams in this situation and they seem to use the whole end zone (including that middle area you seem to fear). Simple play action will give Kaep's superior receivers the required second or two to create space in the middle (or wherever it needs to be). I lost count of the times I saw touchdowns being caught by seemingly forgotten receivers at the rear middle of the end zone.
Spend an hour with Harbaugh with the 10 yard line in mind, decide now, not Sunday in the heat of battle, what you are going to do. No one said it would be easy, but you are the Offensive Coordinator of one of the finest offensive assemblages of talent and experience that there has ever been. Be confident, be decisive, be positive and be ready for the 10 yard line. What you do therein will decide who plays in the Super Bowl. Keep Dawson on the bench this week and the world will be your oyster.
Get it done and I'll by you a drink in East Rutherford, N.J. in a couple weeks.