I don't know about you, but the more I've pondered about the game plan for the Niners, the more unrealistic I see it being for us to run the ball. I have to feel the Niners will come out extremely emotional, intense, physical, and that kind of onslaught is tough to run against.
As much as I wish that not to be the case, I don't think there are any magic secrets that Gilbride can pull out this week to suddenly create a potent rushing attack out of thin air—unless you pull Baas out, putting Boothe at center and Petrus at left guard, we just don't have the horses on the offensive line to do it. We are not built to maul this year.
And SF isn't the kind of team you are able to "stick with the run" against - nobody has really run against them, nobody has busted it open in the 4th quarter and run out the clock on them in the way we would like.
So why not say, screw it?
Forget running the ball.
Why not go 4 or 5 wide - Nicks, Cruz, Manningham, Barden/Beckum/Jernigan - and friggin' air it out. Run the offense this week like an old run 'n shoot team - let Gilbride go back to his roots and do what he does best - game plan to throw 50+ times.
The Saints scored 32 points and could've scored much more had they not turned the ball over so much.
I have confidence in our defense to keep SF to under 20 points - but I fear if we try to run the ball, it's going to feel like one of those Philly games where they're in the backfield throwing us into 2nd and long, 3rd and long situations all day.