One Last Look at the tape

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  1. wommack

    wommack New Member

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    By Vela @

    Some final observations from the 49ers game:

    Fox replays singled out C Al Johnson for a missed block in the third quarter where Niners’ NT Mike Adams pushed him back into Julius’ Jones running lane. While the replay made it seem that Adams was getting the better of Johnson, in fact the opposite was true. Johnson regularly won the running play battles against Adams, especially on short yardage plays. Adams is a runt of a NT, listed at 300 lbs. Johnson will have a tough chore this week with Ted Washington. Washington is listed at 365 lbs. and may be a small child heavier than that.

    On the other side of the ball, Dallas NT LaRoi Glover had trouble against the run. He was regularly turned and pushed back by 49er doubleteams.
    Glover did not struggle alone. The entire Dallas linebacking corps had a ragged day against the San Francisco running attack. ILBs Dat Nguyen and Bradie James were late in recognizing and filling the holes. It seems the Cowboys did not expect the 49ers to challenge them on the ground, since the linebackers’ first tendency was to backpedal. Al Singleton, his interception aside, had the most difficulty. He was regularly turned inside on sweeps and tosses to his side. Scott Fujita got some reps Sunday and after Singleton’s performance, will likely get a lot more this week.

    49ers safety Mike Rumph is a headhunter. His fumble-producing hit on Julius Jones in the second quarter was aimed at Jones’ jaw. In the fourth quarter, he tried to break up Drew Bledsoe’s long pass to Terry Glenn with a shot to Glenn’s earhole. As anyone who’s played can tell you, a direct shot to an earhole or the back of the helmet is an almost certain concussion. Rumph led both times with his helmet and could see a fine from the league office.
    There was some concern in the threads about Julius Jones’ second half decline. I think 49ers adjustments are to blame for his drop in rushing yards and Jason Witten’s disappearance from the second half stat sheet. If anything, this shows the flexibility and depth of the offense. Jones and Witten are put on the shelf and Drew Bledsoe goes crazy with the deep ball, throwing for over 200 second half yards. As long as the skill position players stay healthy, it’s going to be a matter of picking your poison for most defenses.

    The Cowboys executed a screen pass to perfection in the second quarter. Sean Payton’s call for Julius Jones beat a 49ers blitz for 18 yards. Adding this play to the repertoire would do wonders for the offense’s already impressive production.

    The draw is back. The draw was Julius Jones’ most effective play last year. It was not used extensively in the first two games, but last week Dallas ran it three times, for nine, five and eight yards. Look for that play to get called more often.
  2. Everlastingxxx

    Everlastingxxx All Star

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    Great observations. I have noticed Glover getting pancaked and pushed around each week on double teams. And Al Singleton has one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel. He needs to be replaced. Scott Fujita is a playmaker and a big reason for that goal line stand at the end of the first half.
  3. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Ted Washington is 6'5", he won't have as easy a time getting low on Johnson as Adams did on that one play. Also, Adams was a very good NT in college, he's no bum, even though he's not huge.
  4. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    I thought it was Al S and Newman that made the stop on the goaline last week ?

    Scott Fujita caused a fumble and I hope to see more good things from him in the future.
  5. dargonking999

    dargonking999 DKRandom

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    I have high hopes for Fujita, and i think Glover should be used more in the nickel, and let fergonson hold down the middle on first and second. I think we might see alot of Gurode agaist Oakland since he is bigger and stronger than Al C, if he struggles early.
  6. NorTex

    NorTex Well-Known Member

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    I thought Oakland went back to the 4-3 this year, which would mean no nose tackle.
  7. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    Correct - 4-3

    Sapp and Washington inside. Johnson will have Rivera and Allen to help demolish the inside of Raiders D.

    I'm on record - JJ goes for 150!

    Dallas 38-20 in a game never in doubt.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    They did go back to the 4-3, Sapp was saying lastweek how the 4-3 suited him better
  9. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Washinton may be the heaviest DT we've faced, but when I've seen him lately, he looks like he's really slowed down. Which figures, since the guy is 37 now.

    I don't think he'll be nearly as much of a threat as a guy like Jamal Williams.

    BTW, I like that score, Nors. :)
  10. Next_years_Champs

    Next_years_Champs New Member

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    There are valid observation on this guys sumation. The 49ers came out running the ball out of 3 wide receiver sets. They were using quick hitting plays aimed at the gaps between the defensive end and noseguard, the 3 wides were causing the linebackers to hesitate resulting in some sizable gains early. They returned to that for several plays on their last possession when Dallas was expecting the pass.

    And the 49ers were also using #90 Isaac Sopoaga NG 6-2" 321 during the game, they probably were pretty equal in playing time. He is incredibly strong and Al Johnson held his own against him as well. Of course Ted Washington is bigger still so this week will be a test. I will say that I have watched the San Diego game tape several times and AJ performed reasonably well against Jamal Williams 6'3' 348lbs, regardless of what some fans here say he held his own quite well.

    I'm hoping to see the Raiders try to contain the Cowboys running game with 7 in the box, while I think they match up well between the tackles I think it will leave them exposed at the edges. I think if they do that we could see some big gains by both Julius and Tyson on sweeps.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Don't know about the JJ for 150. Oak is better than us in run D. Their pass D is what's killer. We'll be lucky getting 150 total rushing, IMO.

    If we get the screen pass down, then that's where JJ will be most effective. Westbrook was gashing Oak on the screen passes. He ran pretty effectively, too, but I think the screen is where it'll hurt the most.
  12. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Ted Washington is 37 and pretty heavy these days. Not sure how many snaps he takes. We can throw him off by passing on 1st down and running on 3rd down, when he'll probably by out of the game (In passing situations).

    In such a copycat leauge I'm surprised more teams don't do what Philly does, with success...Passing on 1st down more often.
  13. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Not really.

    Glover dominated the Skins interior along with Ferguson in week 2. I didn't see a problem against the Chargers, but I wasn't focusing on it as much as the Skins game. Glover was as big of a reason as any why the Skins were so futile on offense for all of two plays.

    (Yes, Skins fans...I won the game.)

  14. Everlastingxxx

    Everlastingxxx All Star

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    I disagree. I saw at least two times Glover has been put to the ground, Brees and Brunell were able to step up and make big plays. Glover has made a couple good plays but he has not dominated the line. Glover is a great player, but i think the 3-4 doesn’t fit least not yet.
  15. btcutter

    btcutter Well-Known Member

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    Oak has heavy DL and LB's. Make them work and run sideline to sideline. They'll be tired by 4th quarter and JJ and Tyson will make them pay!

    Witten should have a good game since they can't cover him with a LB.

    Watch for us to pass down the seam because their LB's can't drop back fast enough to cover that down the middle region.

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