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This time a Loss was really a loss

Posted By Jason Rossi On Sep 27 2010 @ 9:45 pm In San Francisco 49ers | 3 Comments

I do not like it when fans begin to jump off the bandwagon at the sign of adversity, and I do not want this post to come across that way.  The 49ers are in trouble.  This was confirmed this morning when the 49ers announced the firing of offensive coordinator Jimmy Ray.

 After a strong showing on Monday night against the Saints, the 49ers regressed back to their stagnant offensive ways from Week 1.  The 49ers made it clear during the off-season and the pre-season that they would be a run first team, but Frank Gore only got the ball 15 times for 47 yards.  Alex Smith had 42 passing attempts in the game.  So far on the year they have had 60 run plays and 119 pass plays.  That is a 2 to 1 ratio in favour of the pass.  These numbers show that the 49ers are trying to be a pass first team.  A running team usually switches to the pass when they are falling behind in the game, but the 49ers were only down by one touchdown coming out of half time on Sunday.

 In addition to becoming a pass happy team, Frank Gore is the leading receiver on the team.  With weapons like Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, a running back should not be a team leader in receiving. 

 These two offensive phenomena indicates two things; one, the team is not staying true to their system, and two, the offensive line is not doing what they should be doing, which is making holes for the running game and giving Alex Smith time to throw and not settle for check down passes; he was sacked 5 times in Sunday’s game.

 The defense is not off the hook for Sunday’s blow out.  The 49ers front seven is stacked, but they allowed the Chiefs to rush for 207 yards, and didn’t sack Chiefs QB Matt Cassel once.  In fact, the 49ers defense has only 3 sacks on the year.

 Matt Cassel also threw for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, with only 1 interception.  The touchdown catch by Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki was a highlight reel catch and as a football fan was amazing to watch.  But the fake double reverse flea flicker touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe showed a defense that is not playing their assignments and is trying to carry a team and not delivering.  The 49ers defense allowed 457 total net yards.  The defense may be making some personnel changes with reports saying that LB Takeo Spikes and S Michael Lewis will be losing their starting spots.

 Next week will not be any easier when the 49ers face the Atlanta Falcons.  It is too early in the season for them to start playing desperation football, but it is the perfect time to start focusing on “one game at a time”.

 Some other changes the 49ers should make in week 4;

1)      Give more carries to Anthony Dixon – I liked him in the pre-season and he may bring a different dynamic.

2)      Play more tow tight end set.  This may be required to give Josh Morgan a chance to rest his knee a little.  Lucky the injury is not too serious….what a stupid play call.

3)      Start David Carr.  I am not a big fan of David Carr but I think a change would be a good thing….maybe.

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