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    Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    A few years ago when Bill Parcells was part of one of the pregame shows (don't remember which one it was during the PATS spygate incident), Steve Young and Parcells went back and forth about some of the tactics the franchises used as part of their home team advantage.

    Young contended that Parcells would have the stadium doors opened at both end when the opposing team had a FG attempt.

    Parcells rebutted that SF would water down their field to slow the game down and disadvantage the opposing team.

    Considering Jerry Rice's comments and their "weather analysis," I wonder whether these time honored traditions are continuing to play out.

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    I've heard all that too but I don't see how soaking the field would have given the '49ers the advantage. They were the more explosive team, with almost no running game. Passing teams like a fast track.

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    [quote user="krygny"]I've heard all that too but I don't see how soaking the field would have given the '49ers the advantage. They were the more explosive team, with almost no running game. Passing teams like a fast track.

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    the thinking is that a sloppy field favors the offense because they know what route they are running and the sloppy footing makes it hard for LB's and DB's to react and change direction.

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    Re: Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    [quote user="krygny"]I've heard all that too but I don't see how soaking the field would have given the '49ers the advantage. They were the more explosive team, with almost no running game. Passing teams like a fast track.

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    If you believe the theory that the WR has the advantage because he knows when he's gonna cut, etc..it makes some sense. I'm not one who buys into that so much, myself. Just because knowing where you're cutting doesn't make your feet unable to slip anymore than the defenders.

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    Re: Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    [quote user="Firenugget"][quote user="krygny"]I've heard all that too but I don't see how soaking the field would have given the '49ers the advantage. They were the more explosive team, with almost no running game. Passing teams like a fast track.

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    If you believe the theory that the WR has the advantage because he knows when he's gonna cut, etc..it makes some sense. I'm not one who buys into that so much, myself. Just because knowing where you're cutting doesn't make your feet unable to slip anymore than the defenders.
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    right, it's a trade off ... certainly WRs are less likely to slip than DBs, since they know where they are going, but timing and rhythm is so critical for offenses ... if Eli is accustomed to realeasing a pass at 2.25 seconds on a certain pattern and now the WR isn't there until 2.5 seconds due to having to make a slower cut ... well you can see how that can be a problem



    to me conditions almost always favor the home team b/c momentum becomes a bigger factor and the crowd can feed the momentum ... here's to hoping any "conditions" were exaggerated

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    I don't believe in such nonsense

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    Re: Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    Funny, Saint fans were saying the same thing before last week.

    It didn't happen.

    The rain is falling right now though. You can blame God if the field is muddy on Sunday.

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    The biggest effect the slippery field has is on players that rely on speed, whether on offense of defense. The slippery field simply slows everyone down and helps to even the odds for a slower team.




    The helps the 49ers b/c of how much we rely on the big play, quick strike to get the momentum in our favor and turn the game. Harder to get those on a muddy field.




    It also slows down pass rushers, as it's hard for them to anchor and get leverage.

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    Re: Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    [quote user="AngryAZN"]A few years ago when Bill Parcells was part of one of the pregame shows (don't remember which one it was during the PATS spygate incident), Steve Young and Parcells went back and forth about some of the tactics the franchises used as part of their home team advantage.

    Young contended that Parcells would have the stadium doors opened at both end when the opposing team had a FG attempt.

    Parcells rebutted that SF would water down their field to slow the game down and disadvantage the opposing team.

    Considering Jerry Rice's comments and their "weather analysis," I wonder whether these time honored traditions are continuing to play out.[/quote]

    I don't think they'll need to soak the field.

    God is taking care of that already.
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    Re: Home Team Advantage: Niners Known to Water Down Field

    [quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]I don't believe in such nonsense[/quote]


    You do not believe that it hinders footing? or you don't believe teams water down the field?

    Either way I think you are being naive....All teams do things in their home stadiums to gain advantage...In baseball teams that bunt let the grass grow longer to slow the ball down for example...It happens all the time.to believe otherwise is foolish
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