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Dahl says Niners tipped plays last year

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Now we know why the 49ers hired defensive guru Eric Mangini to serve as an offensive consultant.

Safety Craig Dahl, who played last year for a Rams team that went 1-0-1 against the eventual NFC champions, said Wednesday that the Niners tipped offensive plays based on personnel and formation, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

“We had a few tips off of film that we were able to differentiate between run and pass early,” Dahl said.  “So that kind of gave us an added benefit on defense.

“It was a few different things.  Some different personnel and alignment stuff really were the big keys, as far as our giveaways.”

Maiocco says Dahl immediately told the 49ers about their tell after signing with the 49ers earlier this year.

“It’s stuff that’s been corrected,” Dahl said.  “It’s just them discussing what kind of things we prepared for when I was in St. Louis last year, as far as scouting and different things we saw game-planning against the 49ers’ offense. Kind of working with the offensive coaches on that aspect, and also kind of giving them tips and tendencies on their offense.

“It’s been addressed and corrected.  They knew most of it before I even got here, and it’s re-confirming.  It’s just ongoing, self-studying and self-scouting stuff.  Got that cleared up, too.”

Helping to ensure it will be cleared up is Mangini, whose job surely will include spotting the kinds of things the Rams spotted last year during film study.

Still, it’s a disclosure that has to be embarrassing for coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  And it has to be vexing for Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who now has to find a different way to slow down the 49ers offense.

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10 Responses to “Dahl says Niners tipped plays last year”
  1. wisdomnfl says: Jun 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    49ers have nothing to be embarrassed about. Every defense can read certain formations from time to time.

  2. ramcountry says: Jun 12, 2013 6:02 PM

    “it has to be vexing for Rams coach Jeff Fisher”

    I don’t know about that. I’m sure all teams tip off plays from time to time, then they realize it, and adjust. New season, new tactics.

    Fisher and his staff deserve props for recognizing it in the first place. Very football smart people in this organization.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 12, 2013 6:03 PM

    Even worse are the problems that teams create by exposing the flaws in their systems and schemes when watching the actual play unfold to see how and where they make themselves vulnerable. So many coaches are oblivious to this and the mistakes I see are intentional by design and I think that opens up massive opportunity for exploitation for the teams that properly know how to break down film and find the vulnerabilities.

  4. loc0brown says: Jun 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    Oh well, glad you played well against the Niners. Hopefully the Rams will have a better saftey, who can make plays. Admitting this only validates why the Rams let you walk. Best of luck w/the enemy.

  5. steelcityfinest13 says: Jun 12, 2013 6:36 PM

    I only know this….watch the 49ers in away game crowd noise situations…the right gaurd taps the center on the leg i dont know if its a snap count thing or not…but if i had troys talent(steelers) id b jumpin over the line every play

  6. faithful209er says: Jun 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    Now we know why the 49ers signed Craig Dahl to play defensive back.

    Fixed.

  7. nineroutsider says: Jun 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    It’s all about getting better…losing the Super Bowl is embarrassing to some, but its part of getting better as well…no reason for embarrassment. Harbaugh isn’t as seasoned as Jeff Fischer, but its obvious that he is trying to catch up as quickly as possible.

    Picking up Dahl looks a little better now though…

  8. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 12, 2013 6:53 PM

    I believe some of the Rams players said the same thing about the Bucs offense last year.

  9. despenc925 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:02 PM

    as a 49er fan I don’t see how people think the rams are bad. you seen why they did to the nfl west teams and they have a top defense also. they’re gonna se a fierce team, I like the competitiveness the west displays

  10. moseszd says: Jun 12, 2013 9:22 PM

    Sigh…. Every offense has tells and makes mistakes… That’s why half the darn plays don’t work…

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