I think it's safe to say that there is plenty of frustration, with the 49ers offense this season.
Anyone can point out a problem, but that doesn't solve it. So, what are the solutions?
Fans can call for the heads of Singletary, Raye, or the players, however, nobody is going anywhere this year. We have who we have, and the question is, what can be done to best utilize what we have?
Personally I feel Singletary's approach of a ball control offense, is what best fits the personell we have. We simply don't have the talent at the QB, OL, or WR positions to open the offense up too much, without expecting a dramatic increase in turnovers. Our defense is good, but if they are on the field the whole game they will tire, and be less effective.
Now, while I agree with the general approach of the offense, I think the playcalling leaves much to be desired.
I think one of the things that needs to happen in order for the passing game to improve, is that Shaun Hill needs to get the ball to Vernon Davis more. Davis has been our most consistent reciever this year, and he needs to get the ball more. It's something that IS working for this offense, so I'm not sure why we get away from it. He will make a couple of plays and then doesn't have another pass thrown his way for 2 quarters. That needs to change in my view.
The other thing I think that may be helpful, is to have Davis, and Delaine Walker line up outside or in the slot. Davis is a talented guy, and Walker can be a dangerous reciever, but I'm not sold that they are being in used in a way that makes them most effective.
Giving the opposing defense some different looks and other options to think about, could very well help the running game. If Davis lines up at TE but then motions out to the slot, or out wide, he now has a linebacker covering him in space. That's a great matchup for us. Teams are going to have to account for those things being possible, but only if we start to actually do it.
I also think we need to start running off tackle more. The pulling and trapping for inside runs is simply not getting it done. So why not start running some splys where you allow the FB to lead to the outside, and give the RB some options as to which way he is going to cut? Some sweeps and shovel passes(like the one to Coffee today) would be nice too.
I think thus far, our running game has been so predictable, and that is what is making it easy to stop for the most part.
Again, in general, I think the ball control conservative offense is what fits our talent best. What I do think needs to change though, is the creativity of the playcalling.