A reader, to whom I may or may not be related, asked a question earlier about our blitzing. Here are two representative plays.
This first one starts with a bad guess. Castillo calls Brian Rolle's number on an outside blitz on a play where the 49ers decided to run up the middle.
Things to notice (after you get through the previous play that I also accidentally recorded):
- Rolle lines up outside the DE. There's literally no reason for him to be out there unless he's blitzing. No back on that side, no tight end, no nothin'.
- The play itself is not a draw, even though that's sort of what you'd expect in that situation.
- It does involve one of those ****ing trap blocks we're seeing over and over and over again this year (watch the LT).
- Nnamdi and Allen are in tight, but both are primarily concerned about the pass. The receiver "blocks" Nnamdi by just running away from the play.
- Babin, headed for the quarterback, takes himself out of the play. [Which is a) his job but b) the difference between Babin and Cole.]
- Chaney gets blocked. Again.
- Allen is very slow to recognize the play, then gets blown out of the hole once he does see what's going on.
- Page takes one of his typically great angles towards the ball carrier.
Next blitz was one of the touchdowns. Try to pause the video right at the moment Alex Smith is ready to throw. There are four receivers on the play. By my count, all four are open and three of the four offer pitch-and-catch first downs:
This is one of those plays that's so bad it's hard to tell who exactly screwed up. It's like the three guys in the back are playing a completely different defense than the seven guys rushing the quarterback, and it's not at all clear what Rolle was (or was supposed to be) doing. And I don't mean that as a knock. I literally have no idea.