Well, here we are, already at the short week of the season. This couldn’t come at a worse time for the 49ers, but then again St Louis isn’t really rattling any windows with their season so far. They themselves are 1-2 after a close win over AZ, and 2 quick losses on the road to Atl and Dallas. I’m beyond weirded out by this 49er season so far and this game has all the look of being an abject disaster. The team looks utterly lost on offense and the defense cannot get off the field fast enough or stay off the field long enough. The offense cannot gain any consistency with the failure of these last 2 games to adjust to teams daring us to throw while the run game struggles. The Rams run game is basically nil, while their passing game is middle-of-the-pack. The Niners of course, after their epic start have cratered to 27th in total offense, 19th in rushing, 23rd in passing. On the defensive side, the Niners are 12th in yards given up. Especially galling is the fact that the Niners are 29th in rushing yards allowed.
So, the team that prides itself on running and stopping the run has done neither this season. And this leads to the multitude of problems that this team is having. Since the Niners can’t (or won’t) run, teams are teeing off and blitzing fairly regularly. The pressure is coming right up the gut. Whether due to Goodwin turning into a revolving door, or the Niners are simply trying to constantly block 8 with 7, Kappy is under pressure most every pass. Given the fact that the Niners still haven’t decided to give Kappy quicker passing plays to implement, or use the running game past the 2nd quarter, AND the fact that the WRs aren’t really helping things along, you have a recipe for the defense being on the field way too long. To the tune of -15:00 in both the Seattle and Indy games. One epic drive last weekend was a grand total of 12 seconds on three straight incompletions. Galling besides was the fact that the Niners gave up on the run after Gore gained 71 yards on one drive in the 1st quarter. Shades of Mad Mike Martz. Without those pesky TDs.
So, I’m at a loss to even wonder how this game goes. I have 0 confidence in the team right now. They don;t seem to know how to get out of their own way.
I heard Harbaugh talking on 107.7 this morning, and he says it’s gut check time. We need to see how the team handles adversity. That’s all well and good, Jim, but I’d really like to see how the coaches game plan differently to overcome the problems. laying this out as an execution problem is disingenuous at best. Harbaugh needs to make adjustments to protect his QB and to save his defense. If not, the whole season may unravel rather quickly. In other words, the curse of year 3. The last couple coaches (not named Tomsula) both met their fate when their 3rd seasons cratered.