Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
I watched it again on the condensed version of NFL Rewind. Upon second look I'm not sure what to think? Our Defense is still pretty damn stout. Our special teams is horrific compared to last year in all phases except Andy Lee.... Alex was so bad. It looked like his rookie year. The worst I've seen him play in 3 years or more. We really missed Staley when he went out. The blocking got worse. We went away from Gore way too much. Not sure why? Man Kaep at the end of the game has a big league arm. Just a cannon. But he did throw one directly to the DB. Should have been picked. It was dropped. I still think he doesn't see the coverage as well as you would hope for. Ideally I would want 2 entire years for him to learn from the bench and mop up duty and blowouts ahead or behind like this game at the end to get him some reps. I just think his read in coverage are bad enough that he is not ready.
My conclusion is our defense is still super stout. If we ran Gore a lot more and stuck with it this game would be much closer. Our special teams killed us. Uncharacteristic Alex Smith turnovers. Upon reflection I don't know if we are this bad or not. We got to get the ball down the fied more though. People just kill us in that 10 yard box because that's where all the plays are. We need to go deep to Moss more and VD.
Also could it be said we are still a work in progress? This offense is still in it's building stages. We were playing the pistol, something we have yet to really do, and the new found "wild Kaep" is in it's learning stages as well. To me this game seemed a bit unbalanced offensively. Kind of seemed like we didn't know what we were doing at times, and seemed confused.
We did finally connect with Moss. This has to, I see no reason it can't, get Moss on the field more. Why not? With Kaep. he almost hauls it in, and he gets separation on a double coverage on Sunday. We talk about wanting to go vertical, lets see Moss, Manningham, Crabtree, and VD all out there at the same time more often. 3 wide and run the ball? Why not? I go back to my original topic and maybe we are just starting to figure this stuff out? Again we are still brand new we don't quite know what he have. And that could be said for a lot of positions.