Originally posted by pete98146:
I'm at a loss for words. It's obvious that losing Vernon hurt but it's no excuse. Roman dialed up a putrid game plan. You attack them like the Panthers attacked us using intermediate quick hitting pass patterns. Aside from that nice pass to Manningham late in the game we didn't even try to hit any of these. I don't know, maybe Carolina's defense is that good but I doubt it. Why is it in these tight ball games we play not to lose? Todays game was a perfect example.
I do notice a disturbing trend. Teams that out physical us usually win. Seattle, Carolina, Ravens punch us right in the mouth and it seems like we get intimidated. Our offensive line was horrible on pass blocking. Yuck. Kaepernick looked like a deer in the headlights pretty much all game long. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
I feel poorly for the defense because they did their job and put us in a position to win. Our offense was pitiful.
It's because the assumption is made that teams will bite on a zone-read play-action deep pass. Unfortunately you have to keep your RB in to block for that play to develop and when it's not there, the QB has to either scramble or wait for the unintended receiver to come open. What's infuriating about this game is that the run was there in the 2nd half. Flash back to the first offensive series of the 3rd quarter; we call a slant to Boldin but right after that we call another deep-play-action pass out of a zone read that doesn't work and on 3rd down followed by a screen.
Someone doesn't understand football basics with the coaching staff. On 2nd and 1 after the slant, in a close game where you're leading, just get another set of downs. Big play, play-action, deep passes should not be the staple of your passing offense. This is why the passing numbers are so low. There is no short passing game that's routinely part of this offense. And I know what people are saying that Kap sucks, but it's clear with numbers this low, someone is coaching him to do this - the plays are designed to do this and it's a big problem.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM ]