Meet the New Offense, Same as the Old Offense?

Reports out of 4949 Centennial Blvd. is that the 49ers are instituting a much more up-tempo offense. Jim Tomsula is stressing tempo tempo tempo. their first play from their first scrimmage was a screen pass. Can I get an amen? I’ve only been saying for, oh about 9 years now is that we need to run screens. as well as quick-tempo plays like slants. These types of plays have certainly disappeared under the Harbaugh era, and I think opposing defenses took advantage of this by not scheming for it.

The good news out of the recent coaching purge, at least to me, is the fact that the new guys are of a mind to speed things up. QB coach Steve Logan is heavily versed in the West Coast Offense, and the Geepster certainly has run across it. Beyond that, losing the 4-headed play calling scheme that Harbaugh reportedly had will be greatly appreciated.  The 2-plays-in-the-huddle deal will also not be missed. I’ve seen enough delay-of-games and burned time outs to stop a room full of clocks.

Again, and this bears repeating, I have no idea what the Geepster truly brings as an OC, but at this point I like what I’m hearing. The D has a solid set of coaches and players, so I think we will be good there, but the offense is an enigma wrapped in a riddle at this point.

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60 Responses to Meet the New Offense, Same as the Old Offense?

  1. Winder says:

    It’s all about wait and see now. I am real curious to see how our running game is gonna look like. First year rb’s rarely make much of an impact so it’s most likely up to Hyde and Hunter, throw in Bush and it could be fun. If we run the WCO we should be able to wear out most defenses and stay on the field for the majority of the time. Kappy is the key to everything

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, changing the blocking scheme will be the biggest hurdle. Straight-ahead to zone shouldn’t be too too hard. At least we gave a more agile line with Iupati gone.

  3. Flavor says:

    my feeling is, Geep went to Princeton and I will give a smart guy the benefit of the doubt. He’s not some dumbass Jimmy Hat guy.
    Niner coaches who went to Chicago look like fucking idiots now having vouched for McDonald. Makes me not miss Fangio that much actually……

  4. Nipper says:

    According to Skeebs we are all doomed! And Sir Spit believes we are all tools and made up characters! Damn……. I wish I was more interesting.

    • NJ49er says:

      And Spit is a non-9er Fan blogging on endlessly about a team he doesn’t care about Nipper.

      He is the definition of a TOOL.

      But then again, in Geneoushire, he is the population.

      • Nipper says:

        Yeah the Post Office must always stamp his mail “address unknown.”

      • NJ49er says:

        The only thing in Geneoushire is the Geneous and, his many loyal subjects, that appear routinely in the Royal Mirror.

  5. Berger says:

    I’d like to be excited but its hard when I have nothing to go on. I do know for sure Harbaugh was going backwards and was stubborn as hell to go along with his receding success. I do feel good about the change of coaches.

    • 12th Man says:

      I feel good about this from LoCo Jr:
      “On Thursday, the Niners practiced something I never saw them practice under former head coach Jim Harbaugh—play-clock management.

      During regular-season games when Harbaugh was the coach, the Niners would routinely break the huddle with about 22 seconds on the clock and get to the line of scrimmage with 15 seconds or fewer remaining. That was hardly enough time to execute motions and shifts and read the defense.

      During Thursday’s practice, the Niners made sure they were getting to the line of scrimmage with more than 20 seconds left on the play clock.

      “Sometimes we break the huddle at 30 (seconds),” left tackle Joe Staley said after practice, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Honestly, last year it was pretty miserable as far as clock management and what we were doing.”

      In the past, the Niners offense put pressure on itself by constantly battling the play clock. Its new uptempo approach will put the pressure where it belongs—on the opposing defense.”

  6. Berger says:

    Rick Neuheisel was on the Dan Patrick show a few days ago. He told a story coaching against Harbaugh in the Pac-10. He said he beat Harby in Harby’s first year. Harbaugh did not come over to shake hands after the game and was nowhere to be seen. Stanford won the next year and Jimbo hit him very hard on the back and said “How’d you like that Ricky!” A few years later he was watching pro football and saw Harby do it Jim Schwartz. He said when he saw it he started to yell “That SOB did it again!”.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the guy with 50 blog names is throwing that out. Brilliant. Nip, I could never come up with your brilliantly pithy comments.

    Between spitty blogging under different names everywhere and Bullit trolling here under different names just make me feel bad for their sad existences.

    The overarching need to dig up 5 year old posts to caper about is baffling. Then sgain, fucking with Bullit is a vice that I just have too much fun with.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Well like I said, at least speeding up the tempo should help. Screens, slants. The bland offense going away should give you some hope, bergs.

    • Berger says:

      I said all year if Harbaugh doesn’t do something about the offense he should be fired. I know many disagree but I’m glad that the one person who matters the most agreed with me, Jed the owner.

      It’s the same way I felt about Mark Jackson of the Warriors. I know it was risky to fire a winning coach but sometimes a coach hits his peak and it’s time to move on. With Harbaugh it was definitely time to move on. Let’s just hope it works as well for the 49ers as it did for the Warriors.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, some of us were calling for Roman’s replacement a couple years ago. Not sure why Harbs stuck to Roman so hard. There were obviously issues with 3rd down conversion rates, 3 and out issues, and the whole getting plays in on time deal. Jackson was undone by his casting off of assistants and using his yes-men. Plus his abrasive and holier-than-thou attitude.

    Sound familiar?

  10. Winder says:

    Well, they are all gone now. New and hopefully exciting chapter coming up. Harbs was a great motivator and I believe Tomsula is one too.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Good news for Bergs. Quinton Patton is apparently wide open in practice.

  12. Nipper says:

    Warriors Win! Finally the Finals.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    I saw game 2. At the cow palace.

  14. Winder says:

    I saw lots of wrestling matches and pink floyd there.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Roller derby, baby. Charlie O’Connell and the Bay Bombers.

  16. rob says:

    Great fun guys. Can’t wait for more football . hope we can overcome our retirements and cap losses to make another run. I feel really good about Jed as owner and more so baalke as GM.
    Go niners

  17. 12th Man says:

    You guys see McDonald got arrested again? yes again! Stick a fork in him, he’s done…

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the Bears released him already.

    Not a good look for Fangio.

  19. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit wakes up and is ready to battle his favorite adversary, Chuck on the Skeeber’s blog. He relishes his role and stokes up by consuming two big lemons to get in the right mood. “Got to get that sour taste in my mouth” he talks to himself. “Boy will I let Chuck have it today!”

  20. unca_chuck says:

    It’s all a big miasma of uncertainty but it’ll be interesting if not anything else.

  21. rob says:

    Mike Davis is looking pretty good I hear. Trenton brown might also be worth keeping an eye on imho

    • NJ49er says:

      Trent Brown is one HUGE dude Rob.
      If he gets trimmed down and, into NFL playing shape, I’ve read that he’s got the ‘nasty’ streak covered.

      Might have something there with him, for next to nothing in terms of Draft cost.

  22. Nipper says:

    Sir Spit announced he has sold some of his 49er collectibles for $45…….sniff ….times are tough.

    • Nipper says:

      boo hoo!

      • NJ49er says:

        But, he’ll be around the blogs, to proclaim how right he is about not being a 9er fan Nipper.
        Most people I’ve known who give up on a team move on to greener pastures.
        AKA, bandwagon fans.

  23. Nipper says:

    Yeah catch Sir Spit’s comedy act on Skeeber’s Blog. It’s always good for a hoot.

  24. rob says:

    I don’t know about you guys but I think we still are a pretty good team all around. IMHO Jed really wants to win and our front office is top notch. I’m also willing to give tomsula and his staff a chance to see what they can do ! So far the changes they are talking about making are right on IMO.
    Most importantly our roster is still pretty strong. The fact that we can still say that after this year’s free agent losses and retirements speaks volumes.

  25. rob says:

    Oh btw fellow miners fans. My phone got ruined by bringing to work (AGAIN) and had to be replaced. So long story short please resend me your phone numbers .

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I’m of the same mind, ROB!!

    I think the player reaction to the regime change will be a good one.

  27. rob says:

    Funny you should say that chuck but it already has. Lost in all the hysteria isn’t just the outpouring of support for tomsula but this. Have you ever seen a team with an embattled head coach. Even in the cases where the outgoing lame duck is obviously a bad coach you still see an effort to rally for and support the guy. In the case of harbagh not one player uttered so much as a peep ! Did our guys rally in support of harbaugh and beat even a weak team . no we lost every one of our last several games

  28. Nipper says:

    It’s June 2nd and on the other blog they’re still lamenting the old days. Sniff…….boo hoo!

    • NJ49er says:

      Slow time of year I guess Nipper.
      Not much else to kick around perhaps?

    • Winder says:

      Yes, sad and boring. Most of them are still naive enough to think it’s all Jed’s and Kappy’s fault and that Harbaugh was just an innocent victim. Yada, yada, yada.

  29. rob says:

    And before you call me out on it the game vs the cards was IMHO won by the defense. The offense of course never even showed up. I expressed at the time the vibe I got was that our players on defense were rallying around fangio.
    Nice thought until the NFL radio interview I heard last month with one of our former free agents. When asked if the off season departures caught him by surprise replied “not really when you change coaching staffs it happens.” His next comment was pretty telling he says “you know when we lost Vic”

    Not once did he lement ‘ losing ‘ harbaugh. Not one former or current player has uttered a peep about harbaugh getting canned.

  30. rob says:

    The only responses given by anyone to questions that the front office vs harbaugh conflict was a distraction to a man go like this ..
    As players we just go out and do our jobs we didn’t pay attention to any of that

  31. Berger says:

    Rob- That’s kind of how I remember it. I will admit I was wanting a change in offensive coaching staff so much that a complete overhaul was acceptable. Because of that it is possible that my memory is a bit selective! Anyway, I’m sure happy with the outcome.

  32. NJ49er says:

    Rob, it’s not about blaming someone for the problems IMO.
    It’s about finding chemistry to make it ALL work.
    Players play, Coaches Coach, and so on.

    What role Jed plays behind the scenes is the GREAT Debate Nuclear Reactor.
    Opinions become fact, spun by the media, speculated on by folks like us as well.

    Harbaugh won games. He turned things around for us.
    No one disputes that, certainly not me.
    Whether the conflicts arose over who to Draft is probably a very plausible topic.
    Trent and Jim are both pretty focused and determined individuals by all accounts.
    Many of us would have looked to Jed to mediate for the good of his franchise.

    For me, the line between mediate and meddle scares me.

    If everyone within the walls of 4949 can’t share a common vision or purpose, it becomes dysfunctional.
    We appeared to be extremely dysfunctional from my vantage point.
    Who really knows the answer as to why?

    Hence, the Great Debate.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Right. Some people can’t let go. Flying Vag still laments the Joe trade.

    However this shit went down, it went down. The team is where it is due to a ton of things that weren’t part of the Harbaugh ouster. Yeah, the team is not as strong as it was, but there’s reason to think that the defense should be nearly as good as it was, and the offense couldn’t be much better than last year.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up,

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