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The performance of the 49ers’ offensive line regarding pass protection was poor against Dallas, but could have been even worse.
They allowed six sacks, but with all the different looks the Cowboys’ defense presented to them you actually have to say only six sacks.
Nevertheless, six sacks are simply too much to have success in this league. In addition to the number of sacks, Niners’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman should be even more worried about the timing of those sacks.
The sack that may have cost them the game occurred on San Francisco’s opening overtime drive. On a second and three at their own 39 yard line, 49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith got sacked for a loss of eight yards, which set up a third and eleven that the Niners could not convert.
Alex Smith, despite looking improved, needs the protection from his offensive line in order to make the right decision.
San Francisco will play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, and should be able to continue working on this problem against an average Bengals’ team.