There's nothing wrong with scoring on one-yard runs and five-yard passes--if you can do it.
Some days, some teams can't.
The 49ers, with one of the youngest NFL teams, may be turning things around. True, they're assured of another defeat Sunday when Oakland comes in, but young turnaround teams never win them all.
Ball Control Is Overrated
Something brand new to football is happening these days when the St. Louis Rams line up offensively:
You see an NFL team trying to win by throwing the ball on every play.
Not most plays.
On every play.
So long as the game is on the line.
No other good, veteran football club ever decided to try that--even the run-'n'-shoot teams which, by design, always ran the ball when their opponents, early or late, lined up in 3-8 or 4-7 pass defenses.
By contrast, on the first play of nearly every game this year, the Rams have come out throwing in the formations used by other teams only in late-afternoon two-minute drills.
And regardless of the defensive alignments they see, the Rams stay in the two-minute drill. They stay there and throw the ball.
When they were leading San Diego 17-0 last Sunday, the Rams hadn't once run the ball. And they didn't let up, winning 57-31.
Martz's Way: Think Fast
As coached by Mike Martz, the Rams play the game so fast that their opponents seem to be playing in slow motion.
Although the Rams have the speed and quickness to perform that way--on a team that was handpicked for speed and quickness by Martz and last year's coach, Dick Vermeil--the NFL is a league in which the players don't have to be fast to play fast.
The essential is thinking fast.