The 49ers Best Offensive and Defensive Plays of 2008

Monny MaltaContributor IMay 16, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Isaac Bruce #88 of the San Francisco 49ers stands in the huddle during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers won 17-16. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Towards the last few games of the 2008 season, there had been several best plays, but there were five of them in particular.

1. The offensive line starts towards the sideline, the the running back gets the ball, looks for holes from the defense, then runs through the gap and into the secondary.  This is the Zone Play! Gore handles this play extremely well, and the offense is great in assisting and making this happen.

2.The offensive line overloads one side of the defense by pulling a guard, then creating the play with the fullback or tight end to create a funnel in the defense. This formation is the Gap.

3. This hand off play fools the defenders into thinking there is a pass going to happen, and then they rush in, the running back (Gore) takes the hand off and runs pass them. This is the Draw Play.

4.  This Defensive play is one that Mike Singletary likes to teach his middle linebackers. This is called the "Price Set Point".  The MLB look through the full-back at the front offensive line. If they are looking through the full-back, they can then be right where the ball is.

5. This offensive play doesn't always work, but it worked the best last season. This was the Reverse.  This is when the quarterback fakes it to the fullback then the fullback takes the fake and is the lead blocker. The running back then takes the ball from the quarterback and heads towards the receiver.  The receiver is then running in the other direction to the left and the running back and wide receiver exchange the ball with the receiver getting the ball and the quarterback blocking with the receiver going through the whole. This "Reverse from the "I" formation worked great in the 2008 season. I think we need more plays like this one.