great research and time spent on this. Thanks, I appreciate it.
I guess its easy to overlook all of that when it never gets points on the board and that 0-3 attempt against sf still leaves a bitter taste.
Yeah I know what you mean. Bothered me too. So, I studied that.
Check the guards out. They ran behind Chris Scott. He had no movement. He just falls to the ground and touches no one. All he has to do is launch himself into Willis and Cam scores. Trai Turner fixes this no question. Cam had no chance at a push. He had to go over Scott and through Willis with no drive because Scott flopped on the ground. You can see Scott's helmet as he slides on the ground.
Also, watch the 49ers defense. They show absolutely no respect for a pass to to the back of the end zone or some corner fades.
Cam Newton QB draw on 2nd and Goal with 0:55 in the 1st quarter. Stopped at 1. Who is the first to contact Cam? Chris Scott who has no push and slows Cam down.
On the next play at the 1 Tolbert takes the hand off and goes to launch himself into the air. He is undercut and has no push off. Who contacted Tolbert first and took his legs out? Chris Scott as he falls to the ground.
The 4th down play that follows is above.
So, who was the impact player at the goal line? Chris Scott. He was dominated and played horribly. He was more of an obstacle than he was a blocker.
Next goal line series. 1st and Goal with 6:35 in the 2nd quarter. Cam keeps it sweeping left. Cam launches himself at the 4 yard line, but he is undercut. Care to guess by who? You guessed it Chris Scott. Scott lumbers down the field touching no one. He is slow and gets in Newton's path. Scott stops in Newton's path and begins to cut block toward a defender, but before he can touch the defender he impedes Cam's momentum as he cuts Cam Newton.
On 2nd and Goal, Cam keeps it again scrambling to the right. Ben Hartsock does a horrible job of blocking, and lets Brooks go by easily to swipe Cam's legs stopping Cam at the 1 yard line.
3rd and Goal at the 1. Tolbert carries. Who is the first one to hit Tolbert? Not a Niner. This time it is the other guard Travelle Wharton who pulls and stumbles into Tolbert in the backfield. To make things worse Brooks comes in unblocked. The DE pushes down on Scott who was suppose to get Brooks and buries Scott. Meanwhile, Byron Bell pushes the DE who is burying Scott into Scott when Bell should have read the DE and slid off to Brooks, Instead Bell ends up on top of Scott and Brooks runs in to finish off Tolbert who was first contacted by Travelle Wharton.
First contact on all but one of these was with our own offensive guards not the defenders. You cannot have that at the goal line. The guards need to be quick on their feet and on a defender quickly driving them back into other defenders. You cut block them once you are at the goal line - not before you are at the goal line.
Was it Cam and Tolbert? No. It was Chris Scott and Travelle Wharton as the major offenders. Hartsock and Bell just made bad calls during the play with their blocks. Chris Scott was the 49ers most valuable defender.
So, needless to say I am happy to see Silatolu and Turner moving faster and mauling defenders.