RolandDeschain wrote:*cough, boring & vanilla offensive play-calling in the first halves, then lively play-calling suited towards Wilson's strengths in the second halves, cough*
Sorry, that was quite a lengthy cough. I may have some bronchitis action going on.
This would be my favorite explanation by a large margin.
I don't accept that you need to run Lynch a million times in the first half when it's not working just to soften up the defensive line. If the opposing defense is stopping it, you have the QB to be more pass-oriented, so do that and sprinkle Lynch in and the ground game will start to open up.
I think the offensive playcalling at times has made it harder on RW rather than easier, which is particularly inept because they were trying to make it easier. But the end result is, we get in a hole or it's a much tighter game than it needs to be, putting it ALL on RW's shoulders at the end. Yeah, that's a much easier road for your rookie.
I think that's one thing San Francisco has done better than we have. When they roll Kapperdick out there, they take advantage of his skillset immediately, and all game long, for as long as it appears to work.