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San Francisco 49ers Dealing with Identity Crisis

November 3rd, 2014 at 6:07 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers had a full week to recover from their 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, thanks to their week eight bye. Unfortunately, the Niners returned to action and forgot to bring home their identity.

“We’ve just got to make our minds up, do what we feel we’re good at, and go do it," said running back Frank Gore

The Niners second meeting with the St. Louis Rams wasn't as promising as the first. The offense looked out of sync, the offensive line showed gaping holes, and the 49ers became one-dimensional. While quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent most of the day running for his life (unsuccessfully, I might add.), the Niners consistently played out of the shotgun or had Kaepernick drop back, resulting in eight sacks by the Rams defense.

The Rams defense had an early season reputation for its aggressive style and use of numerous blitzes (STL was third in the NFL with 53 sacks last season). However, teams have adjusted with quick, short passes and a heavy dose of running the football. Entering the game, the Rams ranked 31st against the run and was last in total sacks with six.

Despite the numbers, the Niners couldn't contain the Rams' pass rush and seemingly chose to limit the running game from the go, leading to a disgruntled Joe Staley.

The Pro Bowl left tackle told the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Penalties. Dumb blocks. Dumb techniques. Dumb schemes. Played like s—.”

The 49ers called 41 passes to only 21 running plays (five of which were credited to Kaepernick). This may have been a result of the Niners' inability to pick up much yardage on the ground back in St. Louis in week six. In their first contest, Gore and Carlos Hyde combined for 54 yards on 27 carries. However, the attempts were there and opened up the playbook for the passing game. This past Sunday showed no replica of the game plan that ended with a 31-17 Niner victory.

“I still think we have a good coordinator. I still believe in our coordinator. He’s been successful since he’s been here. As players, we’ve got to look at ourselves in the mirror. When he makes a call, we’ve got to do it. I wouldn’t put it on him. It’s also us. I feel he put us in good situations. We’re just too up and down." explained Gore.

While the franchise leader in rushing yards would not blame offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the teams blown opportunities to score, it is important to note that Gore was not prominently used in any of the last four plays of the game, despite the Niners being within five yards of the goal line.

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