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Why isn't San Francisco incorporating more players in the game plan?
This is a continuation of the last slide.
If you caught the game preview from Bleacher Report prior to Sunday night’s matchup, you might’ve read about the 49ers coaching staff’s proclivity to not show its entire hand on Sunday, but rather progressively revealing parts of the offense through the course of the season.
It is a methodical approach by San Francisco, which paid dividends last year when it unleashed Colin Kaepernick and the read-option in the playoffs. However, to hold back now, in a game like this, seemed ill-advised.
The 49ers failed to write in Quinton Patton, Vance McDonald and Kendall Hunter into the game plan, which cost them. All of these supplemental-type contributors would have certainly helped San Francisco field a more filled-out attack, making Seattle respect more than one or two offensive players.
The design versus the Seahawks was very vanilla and did not take advantage of the full gamut of their offensive firepower.
Patton and McDonald are newcomers, but with Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis garnering so much attention on offense, these two were free on several passing downs, including a missed red-zone opportunity by Kaepernick.
Meanwhile, Hunter is a stellar all-purpose weapon, able to run inside and outside the tackles, while working as a great receiving outlet. Instead, the Niners were dumping the ball down to fullback Bruce Miller, whose ceiling is limited when it comes to yards after catch.
All in all, San Francisco’s failure to creatively design ways to get their lesser known weapons the ball cost them.
They have to show more faith in the depth of this unit, as well as more respect for their opponents, and it starts with offensive coordinator Greg Roman.