This was the worst loss I've seen since the Dennis Erickson era, a game where the 49ers just didn't even look like they belonged on the same field with their competition. This game had no bright spots..maybe punt coverage, but I'm reaching. Patrick Willis was out with an injury so that hurt our defenses chances..wait, he was there?..Didn't see him play, he was swallowed up by the Chief's guards. Charlie Weis and Romeo Crenel put on a coaching clinic at the expense of Greg Manusky and some random old guy. Somebody please explain to Manusky that RBs are eligible receivers.. Further explain to him that there is such a thing as a draw play where the Offense will pretend they are going to pass the ball than use an inside hand-off and run the ball. Also, he needs to know that sometimes running plays occur outside the tackles. On the third and long play that Charles ran for 25 yards and a first down Justin Smith stunted out of the play...over and over again the 49er players blitzed one way and the Chiefs ran the other. Weis was either extremely lucky this game or he correctly charted many of the 49ers trends..I'm guessing the latter. I'm also guessing that until the 49ers defense learns the concept of a screen play, they'll keep seeing them.
Offense..it's hard to play chess when your pieces are broken. Alex Smith's short accuracy was...sorry, my vocabulary isn't good enough, there may be no negative adjective in the English language bad enough to describe it. But OK, the game plan was clearly to run up the middle and impose will or something. The offensive line got zero push up the middle, the Chiefs fat guys were just too fat and too good at grabbing wieners for this to be effective. Frank Gore's only weakness as a player is that he doesn't have very good hands as a receiver, coupled with Alex Smith's poor short accuracy this made the logical counter to what the Chiefs were doing on defense impossible to execute. Enter Westbrook..unfortunately Westbrook only comes into the game for plays that target Westbrook, more predictability. That was the theme this game, the 49ers looked predictable and the Weis and Crennel ate their lunch. The Chiefs blitzes all looked genius, they simultaneously would rush six guys and cover all the 49er receivers. Alex Smith's accuracy was terrible, but he can't really be faulted in decision making aside from not seeing a wide open Gore on 4th and 8 when they were already in desperation mode. There just weren't any open receivers..ever. Smith only threw two deep balls one was a pretty decent shot to Morgan in single coverage, the other was to a well covered Crabtree, but for the most part the 49ers didn't even send receivers out in deep patterns.
The 49ers were outplayed this game, but even if they had played well they were so out-coached that they would have still lost, it just would have been a little closer. This is the worst type of game for team moral, players know when they're out-coached, they know when they're told to zig and the other team zags and it pisses them off. The biggest argument for keeping Jimmy Raye around at this point is continuity. Newsflash, continuity is only a good thing when you're sustaining success. If this guy ever had "it", he lost it a long time ago, cut your losses, cut Raye. Manusky has never looked as bad as he did yesterday so I'm hoping this is an isolated thing for him, but he got out Xed and Oed as bad as I've ever seen. I don't know that firing a coordinator during the season is ever the right move, but at minimum I think it's time for a new play-caller. They also should maybe bring in a jujitsu guy to teach Davis some counters to wiener grabbing that he can execute in the pile instead of throwing weak kidney punches right in front of the refs, I'll give him this, at least he didn't punch the guy in the face-mask.