After Calming Down Over Bad Officiating, 49ers Gameplan Was Wrong

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a ball in the end zone for a touchdown during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After looking at the San Franicsco 49ers page on Yahoo Sports, there was a quote from Mike Singletary that made me wonder what the heck he was thinking when making the comment. It was in regards to the 49ers change in philosophy on offense.

Singletary is quoted as saying this about Frank Gore "Frank is not going to lose his mind if he doesn't get 100 yards because I think, at the end of the day, it's all about winning. He may be upset at the moment, but I know he's going to come back the next day and say, 'Hey, you know what? I'm glad we won. I know I did contribute"

I get the fact that Gore didn't get as many attempts as he would like only getting 16 carries for 33 yards and contributing seven catches for 13 yards. For a combined total of 23 touches.

The issue is that now that Alex Smith is getting comfortable playing, the 49ers need to do a better job of evening out the play calling. Team's have an easy time diagnosing when the 49ers are going to run the football and Gore hasn't been able to do much because of this.

When the 49ers went in to Seattle to play the Seahawks, the philosophy of throwing the ball was not the best choice of strategies. You have to wonder if Singletary and his offensive coordinator realized what Gore has been able to do against the Seahawks.

Which goes to show just how embarrassing it was to see that Gore had only nine carries against the Seahawks on Sunday. Considering the fact that in his previous eight games games against the Seahawks, Gore had rushed for 874 yards on 137 carries for an average of 6.4 yards per carry and three touchdowns.

There was a point in the game yesterday where the 49ers had attempted 21 passes to three rushing attempts. That's not going to win very many games. In order for the 49ers to actually be able to win games, Gore has to be involved in the offense, otherwise there will be games like the one on Sunday against the Seahawks.

For the 49ers, the gameplan should have involved Gore having as many touches as possible against the Seahawks defense, which would have opened up the passing game.

I would say the gameplan of throwing the ball a majority of the time was absolutely ridiculous when Gore has shredded the defense of the Seahawks. Smith may be more comfortable in the shotgun, so why not call running plays for Gore while Smith is setup in the shotgun? How about a designed run for Smith?

If the 49ers even want to remotely have a chance against the Arizona Cardinals, the team has to be able to run Gore. They are not going to beat the Cardinals in a shootout, because the Cardinals have too much talent to be able to get in a shootout with.

In order for the 49ers to win, the team has to control the clock, otherwise it could be a long day for the 49ers at home.