9.15: Bay Area Gridiron Breakdown
Greg Papa, Ray Ratto, Matt Maiocco, and Lorenzo Neal analyze the highlights and the lowlights from Sunday's games.
And remain the economy's going call us -- easier for on. It. Not even -- or on the field. We're gonna figure it out. However it works out where Alex who's getting the call. You don't fuel or not. But the fact that he could be fueled us a real possible. Jimmy would be Jimmy Raye was not in the NFL for 34 years but how many actually -- you bring -- that may local firm CS and they are you don't -- the niners -- to ask this question career I don't know how many -- years as he called. Plays and thirty college years I secured but it's then. More than a decade and before he became the -- -- last season. Isn't that capacity with Kansas City Cora and Marty Schottenheimer were things are kind of simply run fifty power era that over and over again are. So what what are they gonna do try to get a move Jimmy -- from the press box leveled out of the field for Monday night against the New Orleans. Saints that would appear to be the easier solution and -- way you cut out the middleman and you get the plays into Alex Smith quicker so that. If there is any confusion he can then take ownership of the offense and and making adjustments necessary instead of getting the play call to him -- look less than. 22 on the play clock and now all of a sudden you come to light scrimmage and you can use cadence or anything else that's the. Things Alex Smith does well. Has Jimmy ever called him from -- -- the field but I don't coaches that have been on the field their whole lives they look the press box and I like what's going obviously the different game and and more importantly vice Versa when you're used to watching the game press box level you go to the field and got Crabtree -- -- thrown the ball and it's just a volume everything the noise the paperwork and -- -- -- Off is going to be able to actually get this gonna speed up the process at all not giving him his desk space. Well it'll speed up the process in the sense that when he finally communicates what the play -- it's going directly to the quarterback. You know obviously as you know in the NFL you can't make a play call from the Booth right straight to the cornerback it has to be from the sideline. And be at the offensive coach Dalembert is a watch Kentucky so at least that. That process will be sped -- Jason -- From Yahoo! Sports -- you know world his current players -- for a long time really elaborate the issue yesterday. About a little bit of a -- going on between this Jimmy ray. Jason Michael who was that intermediary last year and Mike Johnson -- quarterback coach who does it now so why did they switch first the ball from Jason Michaels and Jimmy knows Golombek Tuesday's but the Raiders he was a quality control coach when Norv Turner was the head coaching -- DOC there. He went to New York with Jimmy McKinney was running back coach thought twice Michael nothing intermediary another quarterback could. Potential I think -- the issue would there is Mike Johnson with the quarterbacks coach with the office coordinator of the boot and he's completely left out of the entire process. So you think I'm working with these quarterbacks and he can give himself during the week he on this play watch this watch that that he could do. With the walkie talkie but that he can't do -- he's not on the walkie talkies but he wanted to be involved in that process. As well. Thinking that it would help Alex to give him subtle reminders from time to time would be looking -- particular place. Race where we are 172 hours later actually games played on Sunday and initially think everybody's reaction was Alex Smith was just horrible in Seattle he's the reason they lost that football game as you're digesting all this information. Are we easing off -- -- critique of Alex and putting it at the feet of the coaches more. I think where people have finally settled is that this is a chaotic situation. And there's not a lot of confidence that Mike Singletary can figure it out quickly enough I mean. I don't know of any other team that has this incredible difficulty. Gaining a play from point a to point B even bad teams. With the bad players and bad ideas. You get the information quickly perfect I mean that's the thing that's so troubling because this happened last year and I think it happened lately here. The year before true. This can't keep recurring unless there's it. Clear systemic flaw that hasn't been addressed yet and I think that's the most concerning thing Alex Smith did not play well. Michael Crabtree did not play while they couldn't get a running game going they lost on merit to wouldn't truly bad team. But I think the thing that people are focusing on right now is that they don't seem to be really Oregon. Yeah and this is an issue with what Mike Singletary he is such a hands off head coach as far as you obviously is a Hall of Fame linebacker. But it's great and asking who runs did the defense and it's wind when things are going wrong it's been asking who passed it. -- come up with with the ideas of how to change things offensively. Mike Singletary has so far removed from that I don't think that he could make play calls offensively I don't think he -- offensive system that well so. That there's an issue here and that when things are really going poorly the head coach. Can't step up in front of the room command the room and say gentlemen x.s and knows this is how we're gonna solve the problem. He's not the only head coach in the NFL that they could not call on -- Atlantic Herman Edwards for years -- very accomplished coach I'm sure he could not call an offensive place it's not it's not -- -- -- -- the -- erasing -- -- -- -- bad plan is better than no plan just had some kind of a plan that about the quarterback's mind now all this chaos going and I got to snap the ball. And actually play football and bring -- Lorenzo Neal longtime fullback. In the NFL the talk about the actual execution -- the matter office I don't think it's all on Alex Smith on a start with a pass to Moran Norris. The fullback when he flashed wide open on that fourth down and it looked like Alex just overshot him but. The runs -- tickets through this like the looks like the fullback surprisingly gets so open that is kind of breaks off his route in the flat. And starts to back pedal and ask for the ball and Alex's think he's going more to the corner of the end zone did to the fullback do the wrong thing out of play a little bit do you think it. You know -- -- try to look at loudspeaker -- did set but I think the fullback. He's just gotta run he's got a runs track -- -- to turn back in just how to run through a catch a ball over your coach of all of outside shorter. Sometimes as a fullback don't get those big pads on its kind of hard to do that. So yes you gotta think that was on both those guys who's been tough catch. But you know that's something that he runs straight. He catches that ball a lot easier he was so wide open that he thought the quarterback is gonna put it right it's just. And does so yeah he's got around you gotta run and they're good to anticipate that 2000 tells talk between both of bed that was a bad pass. And nor should it just kept running flat who came -- so quick that Alex just I think he's just happy just got a little excited and overthrowing. How about the play early in the third quarter right away in the third quarter when it when it looked like he just missed Michael Crabtree but it seemed to me is a Seattle is playing a cover two and all offensive players. -- taught to run away from man to man let's sit down in its own and it looked like Michael Crabtree and have run the wrong route was that the quarterback do you think of the wide receivers there it. And those those that's in there about one problem when you look at that play. You look at Alex is ten hey I don't wanna -- coverage sit down find that little window I mean it was a tough it was a tough place in the beginning to put that ball watch it right there Simpson or Scott. After Scott right exactly you saw it -- -- squad right there he was trying to say hey -- sit down. And -- the ball they're so I think the best quarterback and the receivers and are all they're not on the same page. Announcement that he needs as a quarterback and as that leader of that team -- but he needs to grab him to guys all take this one this time but next time guys. We're gonna you guys on the same page -- time. And those are slight adjustment routes where the route may call for Michael Crabtree or one awake and I got a once he knows that zone you just sit down you adjust to what the play is. That's why the New Orleans Saints to the niners that debate on Monday or so. Expert and their passing game one of the -- what Sharia is the did want to Ted Ginn junior I just can't believe Dallas would miss him so badly here what -- I saw is Alex Sink the safety in the middle of the field not electing to -- inside shoulder but he decided how to go outside shoulder and Ted Ginn junior never reacts to the Cubs. Yeah have a look at this plainly see -- did it -- the ball I think at this point little rattled they're that was that that ball he had it going and outside children to against got to -- he's does he did just try to go with the ball but that was a tough tough -- -- I'm Alex I mean it's hard sickly quarterback coach and you know right now on the -- you know on Monday Morning Quarterback coach but that was a tough that was a tough ball. He needed kind of toward an inside and I -- you know -- away from the safety and authorities turned that would be outside shoulder but. It was it be either way these guys in -- it's clearly see that the receivers in the quarterback and the timing is not down and on on the offer their senses of 49. Let me ask you about the Oakland Raiders and obviously they had -- -- their problems -- protecting their quarterback -- you played football for the Raiders you know little bit about their system I. I was surprised they didn't use more two backs play more fullback where they had the extra lineman played hard played on the line if they put a lot of a tight end on the line but there's nobody by Jason when you go in the shotgun I'd like to see a fullback to -- -- Jason made it tight end to the other side talk. Talk about what that does for a blocker when you're moved back 456 yards with a lot of scrimmage trying to pick up the rush and -- It helps big time in his second play you saw there when -- -- -- rush into your plan when you're on the road in the crowd knows those tackles have a hard time getting back ingested did you ever running back it's just have the have that outside contain. Automatically it tells that Indy -- I'm not gonna be enough to feel I'm gonna have to spin move to go inside because I see that president's memorandum -- tied -- -- removed it in the -- -- that makes that makes it corner a hard place to get around so using they try to go inside so just by having. The mere presence of a running -- are tied into that spot. It helps tremendously. Deployed Tom cable would you -- fullbacks on the field Uggla and got a muffled that's a fullback it's open. Hit the guy would you act properly or -- early this -- and exactly bring somebody had backed group our law.