Buy 49ers at Rams NFC Championship tickets →
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports


Blaine Gabbert grilled about 49ers’ third down woes

Sep 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers converted just four of their 15 third down situations against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. They have converted just 16 of their 46 this season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks offense converted nine of their 14 third down attempts. The 49ers had five 3-and-outs against Seattle and that's not counting the interception thrown on third down in the third quarter. The team did not gain a first down until the final play of the first quarter in Seattle. Blaine Gabbert met with the media today and discussed the 49ers' offensive woes on third downs.

"It was a lack of converting third downs and after watching the film we were in third-and-three to six the entire game," Gabbert said. "I think we were in third-and-three to six the first six or seven third downs. We pitched a big goose egg there. If you could have told me going into that game we were going to be in third-and-manageable for the majority of the game, probably 90-percent of our third downs, I would take that bet any day that we'd convert a good number of those. But, we didn't."

Gabbert was asked if timing or accuracy have accounted to the team's problems on third down. "Yeah, there's a ton of different factors that go into why you execute or don't execute on third down," Gabbert said. "Sometimes, for instance the Rams game, we picked up a few running the ball with my legs, got a couple throwing. So there are a lot of things that kind of play into where you go with the ball on third down and how you convert.

"Every game is going to be totally different. Some teams play man coverage. Some teams drop eight in zone. Whatever it is that week you just have to do your best job to execute the play that's called and hopefully you have enough yards and sometimes if you're in third-and-long you're just adding to the pun. You're trying to catch the ball underneath and knife and try and get the first down that way."

"And at the end of the day, when we go out there we have to execute whether it's third-and-one or third-and-15," Gabbert continued. "We've got to go out there and execute the play and try and achieve that first down. I'm not saying you're going to get it every single time because that's unrealistic. That's what we're striving for, but at the same time we have to do the best of our ability of getting to the sticks on third down."

Against the Seahawks, eight times the 49ers encountered third-and-four or less. They attempted to pass six times but converted only once. Gabbert was asked if it was because Seattle took away the 49ers' run game. "No, I wouldn't say that at all," he responded. "It was just kind of the way the game was going and there were plays, if we break a tackle we get the first down, if we make a throw we get the first down. Like I've said a ton today, we just have to execute the play that's called. The quarterback's got to make a play. The offensive line has to be on their blocking-scheme. The receivers need to get open."

Often, the 49ers will be in a third down situation and the receiver will catch the ball and get tackled short of the first down marker. Gabbert was asked if that was part of Chip Kelly's game plan and the plays that he is calling. "I wouldn't say that at all," he answered. "I would say that's an unfair assessment.

"When you're third-and-one to two or third-and-three you're not calling 15-yard routes. That's not smart football. When you're third-and-one to four, you're calling underneath routes where you can catch and carry. You're getting the ball out because that's when you're most open, coming off on rubs and picks, beating man coverage. You're not calling 18-yard in cuts on third-and-two, so when you're in third-and-manageable you're calling underneath stuff, letting guys get open quick and get the first down."



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers RedZone: Breaking down 49ers-Packers, 49ers-Rams preview

By Rohan Chakravarthi
7 hrs

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 13-10 at Lambeau Field last Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams, who they'll face for the third time this season. Join 49ers RedZone co-hosts Rohan Chakravarthi and Marco Martinez as they analyze the 49ers-Packers game, while previewing the 49ers-Rams showdown at SoFi Stadium this



Dan Orlovsky breaks down why the 49ers are the worst matchup for the Packers

By David Bonilla
Jan 17

For a week, Dallas Cowboys fans had to endure the media telling them that the San Francisco 49ers were a bad matchup for the self-appointed America's Team. That ended up being true. On Sunday, the 49ers went into AT&T Stadium and knocked the NFC East champions out of the playoffs. Now, it's Green Bay Packers fans' turn to hear about a bad upcoming matchup. The Packers will host the 49ers at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, and ESPN's Dan Orlovsky broke down why this is a poor matchup for the home team. "It's the worst matchup the Packers could have gotten," Orlovsky said Monday on ESPN's Get Up. "It's a bad seven-day stretch for the Packers, knowing that San Francisco comes back, beats the [Rams], then they go on the road [to beat the Cowboys]. And



49ers Notebook: Could 49ers mark end of the road for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady? Arik Armstead the baller; Deebo's big run; Outcome never in doubt?

By Kirk Larrabee
Jan 23

There's a lot to unpack from Saturday night's memorable 13-10 win for the San Francisco 49ers over the Green Bay Packers, but some of the biggest news to surface since that game came to an end involves the legendary quarterback the 49ers faced in their latest playoff victory—and the one they could face next week. Keep in mind there are still a lot of unknowns here, including (as of Sunday morning) whether or not the 49ers will even get this opportunity when they battle in the NFC Championship next Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT, FOX). But based on what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Saturday night to go with what's been reported about Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady over the past 24 hours, it's not incorrect to say the 49ers could conceivably be the team to



The 49ers' Path to Victory against the Cowboys

By Brian Renick
Jan 14

The San Francisco 49ers are renewing a long-time rivalry when they travel down to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys in a Super Wild Card Weekend matchup. The Cowboys are a formidable opponent, earning the 3–seed in the NFC after a regular season that saw them go 12-5 on their way to winning the NFC East division title. The 49ers are going to have to bring their A-game if they hope to leave Big D with a win on Sunday afternoon. Let's take a look at what the 49ers will have to do on each side of the ball if they hope to be victorious. On Offense The 49ers ended the regular season with the 5th ranked offense according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metric—the first time they have finished in the Top 5 during the Kyle Shanahan


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone