LBS- During a TV appearance, NFL Media’s Steve Wyche said a 49ers defender told him they had figured out the Rams’ offense.
“I had a 49ers player tell me when it came to the passing game for the Rams, they could tell by alignment and backfield motion after the snap, exactly what the Rams’ route tree was,” Wyche said.
Nope, I'm not buying it. I know that it would go a long way in describing the Rams offensive futility on Monday night, but I refuse to believe that an NFL team was tipping off all it's plays prior to the start of them. Partially because it seems a little outlandish to be that predictable when you're supposed to have a playbook that's extensive enough to require weeks of studying, but mostly because saying their plays were doomed from the start gives them far too much of a pass for how shitty they looked after those plays started. No way I am letting Case Keenum sit back after missing his receivers by lengths of measurement that equate to the broad side of a barn in assurance that there is nothing he could have done better. Just look at this God forsaken drive chart....
I'll be damned if I am letting an unforeseen amount of ineptitude get blamed on pre-snap reads. No sir. Not when the signal caller responsible had some of the mind numbing post-snap reads I have ever seen in my life. That's not to say the 49er's didn't guess right more often than any professional team should. After all, their opposition only has one offensive player that could even be confused as dangerous, and the list of available plays was surely whittled down for a starting quarterback whose best known for getting blatantly concussed then completely ignored. Still, out of disrespect for that offensive abortion I watched on Monday night, I am going to stop short of letting the offense fall back on the "they knew all our plays" excuse like a kid who can't think of any other reason his friend keeps whipping his ass in 'Madden'. The 49er's having familiarity with the route tree is no reason for the route tree to look completely barren and fruitless before winter even makes it's way around.