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Worst Passing Offense in the NFL

The WR position has never been addressed.

Its been stated numerous times that Boldin is a possession WR and not an explosive threat that will get open downfield.

Nobody else gets open.

Running game was great. Defense was solid. Passing Offense is ATROCIOUS.

This team needs to see what they will have with Crabtree, Boldin, and Manningham. If that doesn't develop into an EXPLOSIVE passing game (like Denver), we are not going anywhere in the playoffs - IF we make the playoffs.

This is so frustrating to watch.
Well, duh. Boldin was signed to complement Crabtree, not supplant him as the primary receiver. We saw today just what the rest of our receivers are capable of, which easily explains why more than 50% of the passing plays target either Boldin or VD.

Kap didn't play well today, but the numerous drops didn't help anything either.
At least Alex Smith was never the worst passing offense on harbaugh era.
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WR is not as big of a problem. We don't spread the offense. I see worse receivers catch passes every week. It's not a coincidence that every wideout in recent years regresses after becoming a Niner.
Originally posted by nothing03:
At least Alex Smith was never the worst passing offense on harbaugh era.

Yeah I'm sure he would have been outstanding without VD and Crabtree too.


I wish I was a mod for a day so I could start banning these people. The biggest problem with this offense is and always has been Roman. Simple as that. The pattern is the same thus far every season, beat up on poor/terrible opponents, get shutdown by quality opponents, rinse and repeat. If this guy still has a job with the 49ers in 2014, then Harbaugh truly doesn't get it.


Carolina even managed to turn Ginn into a serviceable receiver, 49ers just can't utilize their receivers properly, there is no creativity, when they put 3 WR's out on the field, often times they end up with 2 of them simply there for blocking/decoy purposes, they don't spread defense's out, they don't go after the weakness of a defense properly unless its completely blatant, even then(such as in the Indy game), they'll turn away from what works to try and get cute again.


Greg Roman has no place as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, his college BS offense doesn't work against better defenses, its predictable and those guys jumped all over it today as if they were in the 49ers huddle each time.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM ]
Originally posted by baltien:
Well, duh. Boldin was signed to complement Crabtree, not supplant him as the primary receiver. We saw today just what the rest of our receivers are capable of, which easily explains why more than 50% of the passing plays target either Boldin or VD.

Kap didn't play well today, but the numerous drops didn't help anything either.

There were a couple drops, but let's not beat around the bush: Kaepernick is playing like trash with his reads, accuracy, and decision making. He's missing passes all over the place.

You can only make excuses for having bad receivers so long. This isn't on Roman's play calling or the receivers, which have both been scapegoats all season. It's on Kaep. There is absolutely no way our receivers are as bad as our passing offense would suggest. Our receivers are not so bad that they're being completely blanketed every. single. play.

Are the receivers great? No. Does Roman make questionable play calls sometimes? Yes. There are fundamental problems with Kaepernick.
[ Edited by Disp on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM ]
It doesn't matter who's at WR. If the offense consistently runs plays that play into the hands of the defense, your offense has no chance.
So the offense has changed dramatically from last year. The only thing that is apparent is the drop off at the WR position. We have been playing with sub-par WRs all season. Kap either does not trust the WRs other than Boldin or they are not open. There is no other obvious reason why our passing game is pathetic DESPITE having a great O-line, a great running game, and a franchise QB.

The injury to Crabtree devastated this offense. Vance McDonald and Patton have done nothing meaningful. We use our FB as a receiving threat!

God forbid we run a screen with Hunter or James.
Originally posted by nothing03:
At least Alex Smith was never the worst passing offense on harbaugh era.

Who's Alex Smith?
its the worst because roman is the worst period. its simple as that
Originally posted by calbear:
So the offense has changed dramatically from last year. The only thing that is apparent is the drop off at the WR position. We have been playing with sub-par WRs all season. Kap either does not trust the WRs other than Boldin or they are not open. There is no other obvious reason why our passing game is pathetic DESPITE having a great O-line, a great running game, and a franchise QB.

The injury to Crabtree devastated this offense. Vance McDonald and Patton have done nothing meaningful. We use our FB as a receiving threat!

God forbid we run a screen with Hunter or James.

Not really. The offense caught fire last season with the read option, defenses studied it, adapted to it and have mostly been shutting down on it while it looks like Harbaugh and Roman doubled down on it in the offseason. The only time this resembles an actual NFL offense is when they run the ball behind center with Gore, the rest of the time its like Roman is pulling random plays out of "Coaching College Offense For Dummies", there's no rhyme or reason to the calls, the shifting and movement that was so effective in 2011 is extremely predictable in 2013, defenses have figured it out and if they have good enough personnel to stop it as Carolina does, the offense becomes helpless.
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2 for 13 on 3rd down. That tells it all.
Just a terrible game plan by Roman.

How many passes went to Vance McDonald today? The one seam route.

How many passes to Bruce Miller? One aborted screen pass.

How many deep come back routes to anybody? (Newton completed at least 5.) This should have been Manningham's bread and butter route.

How many passes at least 15 yards down field? The one seam route incomplete to McDonald, and the desperation interception on the last play.

How many passes in the flat? At least 3 but none gained more than 5 yards and one knocked Davis out of the game.

How many yards lost by Kaepernick sacks? 37?

How many passes thrown to Jonathan Baldwin, or Hunter, or James? 0

Our best pass play was 3 passes to Gore over the middle.


No effective passing attack, no Super Bowl.
Originally posted by mayo49:
2 for 13 on 3rd down. That tells it all.

9 yard run.

2nd and 1 read option play for a loss.

false start

3rd and 12.

that's greg roman
You need to be balanced on offense to win. Plain and simple. Guess what? We are not. Was worried about this game and unfortunately it went down just as I feared.