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Vernon Davis Led The 49er Receivers Against Seattle
The San Francisco 49er offense started the Seattle game in a great rhythm. Then they lost it and could never regain any semblance of offensive consistency.
The 49er offense was deep into Seattle territory on three separate occasions, in the first half of their game last week. With an opportunity to score 21 points, the Niners could only get six.
If San Francisco was able to get 17 or even 13 points on those three opportunities, that may have been too much for Seattle.
By only coming away with six points, the Niners let Seattle stay in the game. Then, once Seattle got going, the Niners were unable to stop their momentum, resulting in a horrible 31-6 loss for the 49ers.
In addition to the red zone failures, the 49ers were only 1-15 on third down conversions. That is pathetic. The blame for this goes throughout the entire offense.
The offensive line was unable to open running lanes for Frank Gore, which resulted in several third and long situations. In addition, the line did not handle the crowd noise in Seattle well at all. Not only were they unable to really fire off the ball, but false start penalties also put the offense in a hole.
Michael Crabtree and Alex Smith were out of sync during the entire game. I attribute this largely to the fact that Crabtree did not appear in any preseason games. I believe this issue was a factor behind both Seattle interceptions, which they turned into two touchdowns.
Michael Crabtree seems to think he is too good for preseason games, but skipping those games definitely had a negative affect on his timing with Alex Smith.
Then we have the poor communication between Jimmy Raye and Alex Smith, which has been discussed at length. Coupled with a lack of imagination in the play calling, and I can confidently say that the 49ers were out coached.
Alex Smith was also inaccurate and missed receivers when they were open. One poor throw to Moran Norris cost the 49ers a touchdown early in the game. Smith also missed an open Michael Crabtree, which would have been a big gainer.
Poor execution across the board was the reason that the 49ers could only muster two field goals against the Seahawks. They Niner offense must play a lot better against the Saints, or they could be blown out.