From the Packers’ perspective, the biggest reason they lost on Sunday was their inability to contain Colin Kaepernick when he scrambled. The Packers’ coaching staff, and defensive coordinator Dom Capers in particular, did not assign a “spy” to Kaepernick in their original game plan. And once they saw him running around and breaking down their […]
Here is my Saturday column on the upcoming 49ers-Packers playoff game. GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 49ers can beat the Packers, have beaten the Packers, know how to beat the Packers, should beat the Packers and probably will beat the Packers on Sunday.But don’t count out the Packers just yet. A few factors work in […]
SANTA CLARA — Mike McCarthy spoke to Bay Area reporters Wedneday morning on a conference call. Here’s a transcript. Q: A lot was made of the trip your coaching staff took to Texas A&M. What was gained from that? McCARTHY: They were able to eat some good barbeque. They had a good time with Coach […]
Here is my Monday column on Greg Roman. We’re in a football lull right now, but the 49ers are always in season. So, let’s dissect their most recent move, signing their promising offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, to a two-year extension through 2015. Roman is a good offensive coordinator. From 2011 to 2012, the 49ers’ offense […]
SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers massacred the Packers 45-31 on Saturday night. Here is the grade for the 49ers’ coaches. Coaching: A. Both the offensive and the defensive game plans were terrific. On defense, the 49ers struggled to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers with four rushers, so Fangio blitzed more than usual. He blitzed Patrick […]
The 49ers play the Packers Saturday at the Stick. In the meantime, I’ll break down the key matchups. Dom Capers vs. Greg Roman Greg Roman completely outcoached Dom Capers in Week 1. Capers expected the 49ers to run up the middle with Gore and around the outside with Kendall Hunter. So Roman did the opposite […]
Greg Cosell spoke on KNBR Monday afternoon. He explained how the 49ers’ offense should attack the Packers’ defense. Here’s what Cosell said. Q: What do you see as the key matchups in this game? COSELL: We spoke about one, and that’s the ability to limit Rodgers when he gets outside the pocket. If he breaks […]
Some things I forgot to mention about the 49ers’ performance against the Packers: Alex Smith and Greg Roman called brilliant running plays. What Smith did: Each time the Packers brought an extra linebacker or a cornerback to the line of scrimmage, Alex Smith audibled to a running play away from the blitz. These audibles worked […]
If you were starting an NFL franchise would you hire Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and special teams coordinator Brad Seely?
As a general rule, NFL head coaches don’t enlist former Division III defensive linemen to help educate their $60 million quarterbacks. But Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers says Greg Roman isn’t a typical coach.