Deciding on an offensive philosophy
One form of offense that people like to forget about, which helped lead to the Super Bowl being considered boring, is the run game. Lost in the shuffle of the game was the 154 rushing yards the Patriots amassed, especially on 4.8 yards per carry.
For the 49ers, a team that ranked 13th in rushing yards, this commitment to the run seems all the more important. Remember that, like I mentioned on the last slide, the Shanahan scheme is built around play action.
But even more than that, having an electric run game never hurts a team. It comes at no surprise that of the 12 playoff teams, 10 ranked in the top half of the league for rushing, with six teams in the top 10.
Plays like this should become commonplace:
Of course, an investment in the offensive guard position would only solidify that.