Recently, the 49ers took a page from the Cardinals book in beefing up their coaching staff. They hired former Browns HC and "defensive guru" Eric Mangini. The interesting part is that they hired Eric Mangini, a defensive coach by trade, as the Senior Offensive Consultant. This is interesting because this may be the first time I've heard of a defensive coach being hired as an offensive coach.
Why would they hire a defensive coach to be an offensive coach ? Because they realize what the rest of us have speculated; that defenses will be gearing up to stop the read option and pistol formation offenses. Baltimore had good success with stopping that offense in the Super Bowl so the blue print is starting to come to life. The 49ers hope that Manginis defensive mind on offense will provide them an opportunity to predict what defenses will try to do and allow them to identify weakness in these defensive strategies.
This year will be a whole new ball game when it comes to these offenses exploiting defenses with their running QB's. We have two of them right here in our own division and one of them has taken a unique approach to prevent the defenses from "catching up". It is smart of the 49ers to recognize that last years offense won't work this year if it remains static. In the end, my opinion is that running QB's, the read option and pistol formations just won't work in the NFL to the degree it did last year. A year in which the read option turned two losing teams into playoff teams and took another to the Superbowl.
This year, it'll be a whole new ball game.
How much success do you think these read-option offenses will have this year ? Is it a one and done type of deal ? If the Cards figure out a way to stop it dead in its tracks, how does that affect their chances in the division ?