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49ers coach thankful Saints showed their blitzes in preseason

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Back in August, there was a mini-controversy after the 49ers faced the Saints because New Orleans blitzed San Francisco in their first preseason game like it was the second round of the playoffs.

After Saturday’s divisional round win against New Orleans, the 49ers were thankful for the experience. They had seen it all before.

“Thankfully, they blitzed us in the preseason game and really gave us some good film to study,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “We pretty much had the whole montage of blitzes.

“They’re really good at what they do and they came up with one or two that gave us problems during the game. Thankfully, most of them we saw in the preseason.”

That’s about as close as an NFL coach comes to trash talking. Those words will spice up the Rams-49ers rivalry next year with Gregg Williams now joining the NFC West in St. Louis.

Maiocco writes that the Saints blitzed 32 times in 46 pass plays against the 49ers Saturday. San Francisco settled down their protections by the end of the game.

As Saints safety Malcom Jenkins said, New Orleans lives by the blitz and dies by the blitz.

We think Roman was just tweaking Williams, but it seems the Saints died in small part because Williams and the Saints staff tried to prove a point back in August.

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45 Responses to “49ers coach thankful Saints showed their blitzes in preseason”
  1. jmsincla says: Jan 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    I’m so glad Williams is gone. He’s one of the most overrated Coordinators in football.

  2. otistaylor89 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:13 AM

    That’s why Hoodie is the best coach out there – never show your opponent anything if don’t need to.

  3. bigperm33 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:16 AM

    I am certain the blitzes in the preseason had nothing to do with what happened in the game on Saturday – this is just the 49ers coach rubbing a little salt in the Saints’ wound and getting back at them for blitzing too much in the pre-season.

  4. shawon0meter says: Jan 17, 2012 9:18 AM

    Every team has plenty of tape of all the other teams blitzes by now. The pre-season game made no difference. This is just his way of saying “we got the last laugh”.

  5. zaggs says: Jan 17, 2012 9:25 AM

    So New Orleans didn’t blitz in any other game this season?

  6. paulieorkid says: Jan 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    By the sound of it here, the ‘Niner coach was irked as hell at the time the Saints blitzed in the pre-season, breaking one of the NFL’s unwritten rules.

    And now here (after his team won and the game is over), he couldn’t resist working in a little payback shot.

    Looks like a bit of a schadenfreude is in play here.

    My guess is he never would have thanked the Saints for blitzing if the ‘Niners didn’t pull out that win in the last few seconds.

  7. nowillrepeat says: Jan 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    Saints handed the niners the ball twice on their own ten yard line.

    If Sproles doesn’t fumble the punt after we stoned them at the start of the second half only down 3, it could have been a different outcome. That is usually the time the saints smell blood.

    That and the PT fumble (helmet to helmet) were the two biggest plays in the game.

    But credit SF. They executed and we didn’t.

  8. bengalsown says: Jan 17, 2012 9:39 AM

    Yeah, it all comes down to that one preseason game. Had nothing to do with the 16 games worth of film from the regular season

  9. thegreatness34 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:40 AM

    Yes it did help. It’s not just about seeing their blitzes, it’s about how the niners oline made mistakes against those blitzes! It’s also about that same oline playing with a little extra due to the preseason embarrassment. It ran thru the rest of the team. Did you see the hits out there??? Ask Pierre

  10. 2sausage11 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:41 AM

    Thats his way of saying i’m not going to bow and kiss your ring because NO head coach is a POS

  11. lolb23 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    Harbaugh is a smug elitist. He may be a good coach but he has zero professional skills. He’ll be running back to the college ranks in no time once he’s burned his bridges in the NFL. At this rate, that could happen a lot sooner than later.

  12. tatum064 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:51 AM

    jmsincla says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:05 AM
    I’m so glad Williams is gone. He’s one of the most overrated Coordinators in football.

    =================

    Yeah, so overrated his defense helped to win you the only Super Bowl in your franchises history. And he did it against one of the greatest QB’s in NFL History (Peyton Manning).

    Well, you never know what you’ve got until its gone. Some people just insist on it being the ‘Aints.

  13. thegreatness34 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    Helmet to helmet on a running back trying to advance is a legal play. Don’t be a fan that now condones the NFL’s sissy rules.

  14. tatum064 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    otistaylor89 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:13 AM
    That’s why Hoodie is the best coach out there – never show your opponent anything if don’t need to.

    =================

    Uh, having the greatest 6th round QB in NFL history doesn’t hurt, either.

  15. tatum064 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:55 AM

    lolb23 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM
    Harbaugh is a smug elitist. He may be a good coach but he has zero professional skills. He’ll be running back to the college ranks in no time once he’s burned his bridges in the NFL. At this rate, that could happen a lot sooner than later.

    =============

    Bitter much? More Forty-WHINE with your cheese.

    Smug elitist? Are you kidding?! It’s called a personality. If “burning bridges” is a 13-3 record and an NFC championship appearance following an upset and turning around a near bust draft pick QB – show me the gasoline.

  16. nowillrepeat says: Jan 17, 2012 9:56 AM

    Rex Ryan of the NFC.

    He also went to the championship game his first season, and things have been downhill ever since.

  17. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 17, 2012 9:57 AM

    PRESEASON my ass, all they had to do is look any any game they played and they will show all the blitzes.Im glad Williams is gone. How the hell can you blitz 70% of the time!! This fool single handedly cost the game. Play some damn coverage. The niners might have gotten the turnovers but the schemes on the last drives absolutely handed them the win. No way they pull it off if GW doesn’t blitz all they had to do was stop the big play!!! I’m still pissed if u can’t tell.lol

  18. godofwine330 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:03 AM

    That’s funny. See, this is why folks go vanilla in preseason. But Sean Payton aka Burns, if PFT had it right, was pissed off about some “How could Harbaugh have known and maybe it isn’t even real” slight and told Gregg Williams aka Smithers to release the hounds. And because of the releasing of the hounds in a meaningless preseason game, it gave the 49′s film to study for the rematch.

    If you are a 49′er fan, that’s funny. If you are a Saints fan…not so much.

  19. fcoprado says: Jan 17, 2012 10:11 AM

    Rams vs Niners will become a big rivalry again,now that two former Bears players(Fisher,Harbaugh)squared off in a weak division.With this trash talking from 9ers OC,Williams in the mix now will make an interesting matchup.

  20. rmc1995 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:15 AM

    I like Greg Roman. To Harbaugh’s credit he has surrounded himself with really good professional assistants, but saying this garbage shows how much of Harbaugh’s professional ignorance is going to start eating this team up. More than likely the blitzing schemes throughout the game helped the niners more than some preseason game. They weren’t immune to the blitz. Smith was sacked three times and lost a fumble and he was bad for most of the game. I don’t need to see one blitz if I see VD matched up man to man. Are they going to thank the Giants for showing their hail Mary play against the Packers if they break up a pass at the end of the half?

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    New Orleans had no idea that they would see the 49ers again. I saw the game and I thought it was weird. What did NO have to gain from blitzing a team that wasn’t ready to defend it? Other than showing an opposing team where they’re weak so they can address it.

    It was a waste of a preseason game. How can you evaluate any of your players effectively? I guess in the end that game turned out to be valuable for one team.

  22. jenniferxxx says: Jan 17, 2012 10:23 AM

    Who dat? Who dat being so arrogant and stupid? Who dat?

    Dat be the Saints.

  23. marcinhouston says: Jan 17, 2012 10:31 AM

    The Saints came very close to seriously injuring Alex Smith in that game. He was pulled after taking a series of big sacks. Then Kapernick received similar treatment causing the 49ers to write him off from any competition for the starting QB job. Had Smith actually been hurt in that game, which was a real possibility, the Saints would have secured a bye, the 49ers would have missed the playoffs, and 49ers coaches would be thankful to keep their jobs this offseason.

  24. scra22 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    We think Roman was just tweaking Williams,
    =====
    That is exactly what it is. They had 17 weeks of film to study on the Saints. If the two teams had played each other in week 2 or 3, this comment would seem more legit and less of a little trash talk.

  25. johnnyshore says: Jan 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    “Harbaugh is a smug elitist. He may be a good coach but he has zero professional skills. He’ll be running back to the college ranks in no time once he’s burned his bridges in the NFL. At this rate, that could happen a lot sooner than later.”

    I take it you didn’t read the article? The “49ers coach” referenced in this article was Greg Roman, not Jim Harbaugh.

  26. dstep24 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:54 AM

    The moment I begin to think an intelligent discussion with 9er fans is possible….someone goes and implies that Alex Smith is a good NFL QB.

    Time to come to terms with the fact that the 9ers accomplished the miraculous this season with that guy starting every game. Decent to the sidelines and with dump-offs. Terrible at getting the ball down the field past 10 yards. Accuracy is awful. Luckily, he has an elite talent at TE in Vernon Davis, and a somewhat adequate possession guy in Crabtree (who is worth far less than a high first round pick, let alone a first round pick at all).

    Please start hoping that Kaepernick is the answer…

    Cheers,

    #whyisharbaughsmouthalwayswideopen

  27. thesportgenius says: Jan 17, 2012 10:56 AM

    Payback is a mofo…players don’t forget being dissed, pre season or not.

  28. Ralphie says: Jan 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    scra22 says:

    “They had 17 weeks of film to study on the Saints. If the two teams had played each other in week 2 or 3, this comment would seem more legit and less of a little trash talk.”
    ___________________________

    True that. I’m sure they used those blitz packages many times over the season (not just the preseason)…but it’s easy to tweak the other team after you won.

    That being said, shame on the Saints for not re-inventing their blitz packages and making any necessary defensive changes once they hit the playoffs…especially against a team they had played this year…even if it was pre-season.

  29. kevpft says: Jan 17, 2012 11:08 AM

    Oh, you guys and your dismissive “film study” comments. Of course they had plenty of film, but is that any substitute for seeing exactly how their blitzes matched up with your actual players in an actual game? How the blitzes worked and didn’t work against specific plays and formation you called? Which of your players did and didn’t pick up on what was happening at different times, and where in your line to work on different aspects of blitz response?

    There’s no substitute for actually having played a team and seeing how their stuff matches up with your stuff.

  30. crazycane says: Jan 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    otistaylor89 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:13 AM
    That’s why Hoodie is the best coach out there – never show your opponent anything if don’t need to.

    =================

    Uh, having the greatest 6th round QB in NFL history doesn’t hurt, either.

    I’m not a Pats fan but hoodie has stopped some of the most prolific offenses in my time. Bills no huddle when they were the #1 offense in the league and he was with the Giants, greatest show on turf, and the Manning led Colts. Not to shabby.

  31. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    Think a little deeper here. Yes there is lots of film available on the Saints blitz packages over the season, but how often do you have film of your guys reacting to it? That preseason game provided that for the 9ers.

    That is the point here. They saw so many blitzes that day that they couldn’t pickup, where the 9ers O-Line looked completely lost. They were able to largely shore that up this time around. It was a huge help, I don’t think Roman just wanted to tweak Williams by saying this…he was being truthful.

    Williams would have never ever done that to the Pack or Pats in the preseason. I promise you that. The 9ers were supposed to be 2-14; they figured they never see them again so why not get their schemes polished after a long lockout. Oops…

  32. jeffharwell3 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:32 AM

    lolb23 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM
    Harbaugh is a smug elitist. He may be a good coach but he has zero professional skills. He’ll be running back to the college ranks in no time once he’s burned his bridges in the NFL. At this rate, that could happen a lot sooner than later.

    ————————————————–
    what an idiot Harbaugh did not make these comments. And how dare you talk ish about the best coach in football for 2011 and possibly beyond. The AINTS had it coming for all of their SMUG/ELITEST play throughout the season, running up the score on people…. GO 9ERS!! IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST!!!

  33. Nevis says: Jan 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    I immediately marveled at the irony that the first play for the Saints defense all season (ie, preseason) was ultimately the blue-print that sealed their fate on their final play of the season.

    You can’t write this stuff.

  34. wfmulder says: Jan 17, 2012 12:04 PM

    Painful loss, still one of the best games I have ever seen.

    What I cant figure out is why people are saying that the defense cost us the game. Sure, just like everyone else, I was yelling at my Tv to play a cover 2 with 40 seconds to go and SF on thier own 35 yrd line, that doesn’t change the fact that without the 5 turnovers we win. We gave them 13 points. So no matter what blitz packages you may have been prepared for if we dont spot you 13 extra points this discussion is moot.

    So many variables in that game. Colston makes that TD catch instead of the ball deflecting off his hands, different outcome.

  35. rmc1995 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    The niners offense is not that sophisticated and looked baffled to the point they added pick plays and throw backs that were fails. They didn’t dig deep into anything. They ran slants and crossing patterns and Alex looks for the best match up according to the personnel. Fortunately, he got those matchups with Vernon Davis during three big plays. It was Alex recognizing VD is really good. Being 4 for 13 in 3rd downs, and being sacked three times with a lost fumble doesn’t exactly scream, “We schemed for these blitz packages from pressason.

  36. klownboy says: Jan 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    Goes to show it pays not be aggressive against a future opponent in the preseason?

  37. franknunley57 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    @crazycane says:

    how many playoff games has hoodie won without tom brady?

  38. hitit49 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    “We gave them 13 points” and we gave you 14 points (half or your total score) in the last 4 minutes on two broken plays but it still counts don’t it?

  39. The Prophet says: Jan 17, 2012 12:38 PM

    I don’t believe that’s true, but I think its awesome that the 49ers are rubbing that in their faces since beating the Saints in the playoffs. That’ll teach those perennial on the field scumbag Saints to blitz in the preseason. Why because Payton’s feelings were hurt that Barbaugh didn’t call him before their pre-season game? Wah-wah-waaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  40. P_Willy says: Jan 17, 2012 12:58 PM

    Hey dummy – the saints didn’t “spot” any points. The 9ers play DEFENSE… They took the ball from them with good scheme, and physical play. If sproles and thomas didn’t fumble 3 times and brees didn’t throw 2 picks….etc – the niners made more plays than the saints. On Defense. Special Teams & Offense. And THATS why they lost.

    Out-played, out-coached.

    Deal with it.

  41. tednancy says: Jan 17, 2012 1:04 PM

    Blitzing is becoming antiquated in today’s NFL. The best defenses are those that can pressure the QB with a 4 man rush at the POA and shut down the passing game by utilizing everyone else in coverage. That’s how the Niners slowed the Saints, and it’s how the Giants beat the Packers (it’s also how the Giants won Super Bowl XLII).

    Aggressive, complicated schemes such as those the Ryan brothers, Jim Haslett, and Williams employ give up way too many big plays and are too easily exploited by good QBs. Sure, they look good at times – especially against bad teams with bad QBs – but when the game is on the line you cannot afford to waste extra defenders on a blitz likely to be beaten by a smart QB.

    The Saints are lucky to be rid of this guy. He is the Mike Martz of defensive coordinators.

  42. tednancy says: Jan 17, 2012 1:19 PM

    ranknunley57 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    @crazycane says:

    how many playoff games has hoodie won without tom brady?
    ==============================
    How many playoff games has Sean Payton won without Drew Brees?

    How many playoff games did Bill Walsh win without Joe Montana?

    How many playoff games did Paul Brown win without Otto Graham?

    How many playoff games did Vince Lombardi win without Bart Starr?

    I just thought you might like know that there are other stupid questions besides “how many playoff games has hoodie won without Tom Brady?”

    Oh, and it might interest you to know that Belichick has won in the playoffs without Brady. He did it in 1994 as coach of the Browns, beating the Patriots (and Bill Parcells) 20-13.

    The lesson here is that you should stop and think before you opine.

  43. tednancy says: Jan 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    ranknunley57 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    @crazycane says:

    how many playoff games has hoodie won without tom brady?

    ===================================

    P.S. Belichick also beat the Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship game with Drew Bledsoe starting for an injured Brady (who was hurt in the first quarter). The Patriots won in spite of playing without Brady, playing on the road, and being 13.5 point underdogs to the top-seeded Steelers.

    Do you have any other questions?

  44. nowillrepeat says: Jan 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Helmet to helmet on a running back trying to advance is a legal play. Don’t be a fan that now condones the NFL’s sissy rules.
    —————————————————-
    Not saying I’m an advocate of the rules, but rules are rules and PT was knocked out cold, which is exactly what the NFL is trying to prevent.

    That was a visions head shot and could effect PT in the long haul.

    If the situation had been reversed you would be saying the same thing.

  45. alldonesmith says: Jan 17, 2012 3:01 PM

    I’m blown away by all the Saints fans in this thread who are STILL talking trash, even after they lost. running their mouths about how the game “could have been different” and that the 9ers were lucky to win.

    sour grapes much? your team played great. you didn’t lose the game. you got BEAT by the better team. in fact, the Saints are lucky they didn’t get blown out after the 9ers’ offense could only muster 13 points off 5 turnovers. all of which were earned by the 9ers’ defense by the way.

    you’d think after decades of being one of the NFL’s biggest embarrassments, Saints fans would have learned a little humility and class. apparently, you’d be wrong.

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