SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – New 49ers safety Craig Dahl said his former team, the St. Louis Rams, had a good idea what the 49ers were going to do on offense last season. Dahl said the Rams picked up enough tips watching game film to determine whether the 49ers were going to run or pass.
“Especially when you lose, there was always someone on the other team that knew every play you were going to run,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “If you know every play, tell me before. Let me see someone that can tell me before the play…Having said that, you do have tendencies.”
In their two meetings last year, the teams tied one game and the 49ers lost the other in overtime.
“There are certain formations that you get into that you don’t know exactly what they’re going to do, but you know what they’re not going to do by the formations they’re in… But to really know what you’re going to do, I don’t believe that.”
The former coach said some tendencies are easy to spot.
“You start off with down and distance. When you get third and long, you’re probably going to throw the ball… I used to have an assistant coach and he used to yell out everything you could do.’Watch the pass. Watch the draw. Watch the screen. Watch the trap!… Obviously they’d do one of those things, and he said “I told you guys they were going to do that!'” (7:45)