The silver lining on this game and the Gore injury is that it may force Sing/Johnson to put more time into developing a more well-rounded passing game. Last night the running game was great only because the Cardinals were obviously not making much of an effort. That will not be the case against the rest of the schedule. The 49ers will not run anywhere near that well against the Pack. If more time is not spent on passing patterns that build on each other and compliment each other, this could be another shutout coming up.
Johnson MUST get together with Sullivan and Hoener and get ALL the receivers doing a much better job on hot reads. On one of the sacks of Troy, it was obvious pre-snap that AZ was bringing everybody. Still, VD, instead of breaking off his route and turning back into the area just vacated by the blitzing MLB, he turned outside directly in front of the safety thereby giving Smith no one to throw to. If he had run a quick arrow route to the open area inside, which is what the normal hot read would indicate, he would have been open for a 7-8 yard gain. Instead, it was a sack.
These are the kinds of things that are STILL hurting the passing game and QB play. Let's hope there is enough time in this short week to solve a couple of these problems.