Without Tate our offense could take on a whole new identity. Our best 5 skill players were Tate, Jones, Golladay, Kerryon, and Willson/Roberts. We were in 11 personnel (1 TE, 1 RB, 3 WR) 62% of the time through week 7. In fact, 31 of 32 teams are in that set over 50% of the time with San Fran the only exception.
Do we just plug in TJ or Powell and stay with that or do you guys expect to see more 12 personnel (2 TE, 1 RB, 2 WR) with Roberts and Willson getting more PT? We could start pounding the ball more and utilizing more PA passes to get Jones and Golladay working deep vs 1 on 1 coverages with Willson and Roberts leaking out for TE checkdowns.
Will we see more 21 personnel (1 TE, 2 RB, 2 WR) with Theo and Kerryon on the field together? Riddick has been injured lately so I don’t expect to see AA and Kerryon out there together. Maybe we’ll see Blount and Kerryon groupings? Interestingly enough, SF leads the league in 21 personnel groupings at 41% of their plays. Guess who’s second? The Patriots at 28%. Is this the beginning of a new trend? Or what is old is new again? Getting teams out of their nickel and getting pass catching RBs matched up on LBs seems to be a good recipe for success for us.
I’m having a tough time thinking that we can just plug in TJ or Powell and believe we’ll have the same type of success. Tate is a YAC machine and is that guy that can make 2-3 guys miss or break some tackles to move the chains. How do you guys feel we’ll try to evolve?