Oh My….That 49ers Loss To The Baltimore Ravens….HURTS! – Congratulations to the World Champions Baltimore Ravens! – As for the 49ers Play-Calling on the Goal-Line at the End of the Game….A Legendary Coach Would Have Called Much Different Plays – Larry Munson, the Georgia Bulldogs, Mark Richt and A Quick Strike Play To Win A Game Against the Vols in 2001 Is the Best Approach….Which Coach Walsh and Joe Montana Knew About As Well – Congrats to the SF 49ers For A Great 2012 – 2013 Season….Take A Short Rest….Come Back Fighting for the 2013 – 2014 Season and Let’s Win the Super Bowl in New York Next January!
Oh my….unlike Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and Manti Te’o (in our opinion) we here at Coaches Hot Seat CANNOT LIE about the 49ers loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl….
It Hurts and It Will Hurt for a Long Time.
The Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh and the retiring Ray Lewis are to be congratulated for playing a great game that had the 49ers back on their heels from the start and playing catch-up right to the end and the Ravens are worthy Champions of the NFL in 2012 – 2013.
As for the 49ers last drive which had San Francisco first-and-goal at the Ravens 7-yard line with 2:45 left in the game and more to the point the fourth down call that led to Colin Kaepernick attempting a fade pass to Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone who was held on the play BUT it was not a holding call that was ever going to be called in the last few minutes of a Super Bowl by an official we can only say what a legendary football coach told a couple of us many years ago about what kind of pass he likes to throw when a team is heading in for a winning score:
Legendary Coach: “A touch or fade pass is the worst kind of pass to throw in a high-pressure situation because it requires touch, timing and often luck to complete and those are three things that rarely come together in a high-pressure situation.”
Coaches Hot Seat: “What kind of passing play do you run near the goal line when going for a winning score then?”
Legendary Coach: “A two-step quick and sharply thrown pass to a receiver on a short route is best and a rollout of the quarterback to a receiver in the back of the end zone running parallel to the QB is second best.”
Like this throw by Joe Montana at the 6:51 mark of the YouTube.com video of Super Bowl XXIII when the 49ers beat the Bengals…
…or this Joe Montana to Dwight Clark “The Catch” pass play in the 1981 NFL Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys:
We here at Coaches Hot Seat expected that 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh would have attacked the Ravens where they were weakest especially when the Ravens are blitzing as much as they were during the last 49ers drive and that weak point was….
Right Up the Middle
….just as the Georgia Bulldogs did against Tennessee in 1991 in Knoxville in Mark Richt’s first year as the head coach at Georgia which the Late Great Larry Munson called so well.
The four plays that the San Francisco 49ers did run after getting the first down at the Ravens 7-yard line…
RB LaMichael James up the middle for two yards
QB Kaepernick pass to the right side of the endzone to Michael Crabtree incomplete
QB Kaepernick pass to the right side at the 2-yard line to Michael Crabtree incomplete
QB Kaepernick fade pass to the right back of the endzone to Michael Crabtree incomplete
….were very reminiscent of the Stanford coaches calling four-straight running plays up the middle against Notre Dame in overtime last fall….
…..and in both cases the coaches involved, Stanford Head Coach David Shaw and OC Pep Hamilton and for the 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman, are some of the most innovative play-callers in college football and yet….
In both games the Stanford Cardinal and the San Francisco 49ers were as predictable with their play-calling on the goal-line as the Sun coming up in the East every morning or rather the play-calling in both cases….SUCKED!
Still the San Francisco 49ers loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl does not diminish the 2012 – 2013 49ers season and in Jim Harbaugh’s two years with San Francisco his win/loss record is…
27 – 9 – 1 (.743)
….and he has taken the 49ers to the…
2011 – 2012 – NFC Championship Game
2012 – 2013 – Super Bowl
…..which is an incredible win/loss record and a stunning accomplishment considering the competiveness in the modern day NFL.
The San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff need to learn from their mistakes in the Super Bowl, take some much needed rest away from the game and come back refreshed and ready later this spring and the NFL Draft and get ready for a run to the Super Bowl in January 2014 which will be played in….
Oh, that will be GREAT FUN!