It's a long list of troubles. We can't stretch the field, because no one takes our WRs as a threat, Frank doesn't chew up 8 men in the box as well as he once did, We suffer from the mixed blessing of Mike Nolan's architecture, and we have a young QB. All of this keeps us from getting deep into the playbook we have seen the last two years.
Boldin has lost a step, and never was considered a deep threat in the first place, he is a possession tough yardage receiver, Mario is still wobbly, and Baldwin is raw. Teams can stuff the box, and roll up the corners without fear of being beaten over the top.
Frank is a beast, but an old beast, he is more and more becoming liability due to his one trick pony style, sadly he is our best offensive weapon. Frank Gore has never been an outside runner, but he could get there often enough when younger, but when was the last time Frank got the edge and broke one. He has never been a great receiver, but he managed to catch a few and do some damage. At this point in his career Frank is only a monster in the offset I-formation, with two TE, running ISO, one trick that consistently works, until it doesn't, like the last two weeks.
The O-line is a great big power blocking, group that Nolan and Singltary built to be physical with an F, they are fantastic, but like Frank or anyone for that matter, they do somethings better than others. They will never be dynamic in zone, or stretch blocking, and that is where guys like LMJ, and Hunter can really gash a team, power running does not seem to suit them. We are built more like the 90's Cowboys than the 80's Niners, so we need to continue in that direction, or blow up this amazing offensive line.
Kaep is raw, his touch passing, and ball handling skills are still a little sub-parr, his ability to take what the defense gives him is still developing, I think he will be fine, given a deep threat and some growing room, but I would still take a QB in the 3rd or 4th round to groom as a back-up, and a back-up plan.
The play calling is basic and white bread, almost but not quite Jimmy Raye, and will sty that way until we can use or our base offense to get opponents off balance, then we can get deeper into the play book, all these things will happen, I feel it, I'm not so sure this is the season they happen, but I won't stop believing.