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the 49ers have been out-coached in two-and-a-half of their three games this year. They were totally unprepared for Seattle and Kansas City. New Orleans struggled, but found a way to win.
Pete Carroll amped his team up and gave them the game plan to succeed in week one. Sure he recruited Michael Robinson among other former 49ers that helped steal the SF playbook. Nevertheless, employing such espionage showed a degree of genius moxie, and nobody can argue with the result.
They clawed their way back into their game against the Saints, only to be defeated by New Orleans' dink-and-dunk fall-back plan.
Kansas City had a star-studded coaching staff. Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennell put together just the right offense and defense to ruin the 49ers' Sunday. Employing even more screens while running fiercely at the 49ers defense, the Chiefs moved the ball very well. They capped drives with precise medium passes that scorched the secondary for touchdowns.
Atlanta needs only to look as far as last year to have a big game Sunday. They're a team on the upswing, and they present another huge challenge for the ailing 49ers.
Related to the coaching matchup, San Francisco finally took some coaching action in releasing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and promoting quarterback coach Mike Johnson to the position. The result of the weekend should be both interesting and telling.