Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Five key 49ers players against the Redskins

Oct 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM0


In Week Seven's matchup against the Washington Redskins, these players could be key for a San Francisco 49ers victory:

Jimmy Garropolo – The 49ers are 5-0 but not because of their $137.5 million dollar quarterback. He is currently 16th in passer rating at 95.2. He is below quarterbacks such as Derek Carr (96.7), Gardner Minshew (97.5), Teddy Bridgewater (98.4), Mason Rudolph (102.7), Kyle Allen (106.7) and Kirk Cousins (108.4). The former Eastern Illinois Panther is 19th in average passing yards with 232.6 per game and has thrown seven touchdown passes and five interceptions with three of them on Garoppolo. I understand he has 15 starts under his belt but at this point, Garoppolo is an overpaid "game manager."

This week against the Redskins, who rank 20th against the pass with 250 yards allowed per game, Garoppolo is set up for a statement game.

Richard Sherman - He is back to talking noise, making controversies, and he has an infectious game day attitude. In his last two games, "Sherm" has gone up against receivers such as the Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and the Los Angeles Rams' Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp, and showed he is back to his All-Pro self.

This week, the Redskins star rookie receiver, "Scary" Terry McLaurin, comes to town. The former Buckeye leads the team in receiving with 408 yards, yards per reception with 17.1, and five touchdowns. He also ran a 4.35 40 during his combine. Look for "Sherm" to match up against him but because McLaurin is a speedster, it could be a long day for him as well.

Daniel Brunskill - Brunskill did a good job against Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Brockers, holding him to one tackle and one quarterback hit. The former Aztec offensive tackle will have his hands full with either the Redskins veteran defensive end Ryan Kerrigan or rookie Montez Sweat. Kerrigan is a savvy four-time Pro Bowler and Sweat was drafted because he can get after the quarterback. This could be a lesson for the rookie offensive lineman.

Robbie Gould - In the last two games, Gould has not been his reliable self as he has made three of his last seven field goal attempts. In his past two seasons with the 49ers, he kicked 95% in 2017 and 97% in 2018. This year, he is 9-of-15, which is 60%. There will be games later in the season that may fall on Gould's leg. Hopefully this is a funk and he will snap out of it.

Kyle Shanahan - The 49ers' offensive play calling can be outstanding but wide receiver screens or shotgun dive plays are called when the team needs five or more yards on a third down is just the same as giving up on a drive. The way Shanahan can put players in position to make a play is unreal but sometimes old school smash-mouth in-between-the-tackles play is more effective than calling a toss play. Shanahan also needs to be more aggressive with the play calling and not allow teams to get back into games.

The 49ers will be playing teams like the Saints, Packers, Ravens, and their other division rivals in the upcoming weeks. They will have to put teams away when they have a chance. This could be a good week for Shanahan against the Redskins' 28th ranked scoring defense. It is ok to be creative when you are the play caller, but Shanahan has got to get out of it on obvious downs.
  • Written by:
    Sports has been my first love since I was 12 years old. At one point I wanted to play football professionally. I started to take photography as a hobby in my teenage years but this was when I followed sports. I started to listen to sports radio, I found my true calling and it was to be a sports talk show host. Though I follow football and basketball, I started to have a new love of cultures around the world. After graduating from San Antonio College in 2018, I worked for the Castroville News Bulletin before going to A&M San Antonio to get my communications degree. Since I have written for the Ranger of San Antonio College, the News Bulletin and the Mesquite of Texas A&M San Antonio, I met many people and went to a lot of events. My major milestone was being in the press box of the San Antonio Commanders game for the Mesquite and being apart of a press conference with the Medina County Sheriff and other local news outlets. When I am not doing anything, I like to watch old cartoons on the DC Universe, play video games such as Mega Man and the Mass Effect series. I have also created Youtube channel called "Anger Management" with my friend Aaron Donnell.
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Five Somewhat Bold 49ers Predictions

By Marc Adams
Jul 27, 2021

We have finally arrived! The San Francisco 49ers players have reported to training camp, and tomorrow will have their first practice. This is the best time of the year for football fans. And it is the best time of the year to make your football predictions. So with that in mind, here are my somewhat bold 49ers predictions. 1. Trey Sermon will lead the team in rushing yards. The rookie running back may not be as explosive as Raheem Mostert, but he has a better chance of staying healthy. I believe the offensive staff will limit Mostert's carries, and Sermon fits the 49ers



Fred Warner feels the 49ers have done a great job informing players about the vaccine

By David Bonilla
Jul 22, 2021

The NFL reportedly informed teams that it would not extend the 18-week season to accommodate a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players. Last year, there were multiple postponements as the league navigated through the bizarre season amid a pandemic. There will be no rescheduling of games in 2021. The league hopes players will take it upon themselves to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their families as training camps get set to kick off. Should there be an outbreak, the impacted club or clubs could be forced to forfeit, accruing a defeat, and not being paid for the lost game. A team with an outbreak could also be responsible for



Over 90 percent of 49ers players are vaccinated, says John Lynch

By David Bonilla
Jul 27, 2021

General manager John Lynch informed reporters today that the San Francisco 49ers are among the teams that have surpassed the 85 percent vaccination threshold for players. The team has had a 100 percent vaccination rate among its Tier 1 and Tier 2 staff for a while now. "Originally, everybody kind of had that goal on 85 percent, and I'm proud to say that we're up over 90 percent," Lynch said. "It really speaks to our players. We didn't enforce anything. What we tried to do is just communicate with our guys and rely on the professionals to educate them as much as possible. Our guys really arrived at this individually and as a team, and we're proud of them for that." With the vast majority of players vaccinated, the 49ers are unlikely to have to worry about training



Frelund: Return of these two star players set up 49ers for playoff return

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jul 24, 2021

Earlier this week, on a Game Theory segment, Cynthia Frelund gave her argument for why the San Francisco 49ers will make the playoffs in 2021 after missing out in 2020. Frelund attributed their recent Super Bowl appearance as a factor in her decision as well as the multitude of injuries that affected the team last season. "They were in the Super Bowl just like five minutes ago and they had a whole bunch of injuries, but they get all those players back." Looking at the offensive side of the ball, Frelund highlighted star tight end George Kittle, who, according to Next Gen Stats, has averaged 8.0 yards after the catch per reception since 2018, which is the highest in the NFL given a minimum of 25 receptions. In addition to Kittle,


Featured

More by Sasha D. Robinson

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone