Coming into the season, I think most Niners fans felt Crabtree's injury was a blow to the offense, but to devolve into the 32nd ranked passing offense is ungodly. This is nothing you don't already know, but this result seems to be the antithesis of good coaching. I mean, coaches should be putting their players in the best possible position to succeed, right? I'm not sure what the most distressing issue is, but here's some to consider:
--Kaepernick is regressing: Seems rather obvious, although the coaching is doing him no favors.
--Offensive line: Great at run blocking, struggles in pass protection, especially blitz pick up
--1 or 2 read routes. The passing offense is the Vernon and Boldin show (reads
1 and 2 on every play). If its not there, it's not happening. Which is distressing because every other team gets more out of their extended WR corps than the Niners do. No Gronk, no problem--a bevy of no names will step up. Packers lose half their WR corp? Here comes Boykin and company! Dallas inserts Williams and that white slot WR with no problem. Even last nights putrid Monday night game had a rookie QB and Tannehill throwing the ball around the yard. (sadly, I actually found myself pining for Mike Glennon. He would actually perform better than Kaep right now, sad to say).
--No creativity on offense: where are the unique run formations from the last 2 years? Where is any creativity in the passing game? What about a straight up, play action pass from under center? But there's none of that. Anyone else tired of seeing Kaep in shotgun performing a playaction motion to NO ONE? I know I am.
--No in game adjustments: this is Jimmy Raye and Jim Hostler-esque. Maybe the issue is people named Jim have trouble with offense! As the saying goes, "If it ain't working, don't fix it."
Is this fixable? God I hope so. But the Niners Re dead last in passing for a reason. Sure there are other reasons than those listed above, but they're the ones I see too often. When they're winning, these issues Rare masked, but when they lose, they are front and center.