49ers Offensive Play-Calling Leaves Room For Improvement In Victory Over Seattle

The 49ers pulled out a 33-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks thanks in large part to strong defensive pressure and in part to beastly performances on special teams. While we had plenty of positives to take from those two aspects of the game, there were a few question marks on the offensive side of the ball. The offense had its moments where we saw some excellent execution, but there were also some play-calling and execution issues that the coaching staff will likely spend a good chunk of the next week assessing.

The primary issues on offense seemed to be the performance of the offensive line and the play-calling by the coaching staff. While Frank Gore seemed a step slow for much of the game, the offensive line wasn't doing him any wonders on most of the inside runs. Alex Smith did seem to have a decent amount of time to make his reads, but in the running game it seemed like the line struggled for much of the game inside. Thoughts?

As for the play-calling, there were actually some particularly clever play-calls. My favorite was sticking Adam Snyder at the tight end position and making him an eligible receiver. When he went to go in motion Red Bryant was called for encroachment. I don't think that play works too many more times, but it shows some creativity we haven't seen in a long time.

The issue seemed to be more in calling shorter pass plays that really weren't effective at all. The passing game actually had some very nice passes down the field and yet the team did not take nearly enough advantage of that. Alex Smith completed 75% of his passes, but his yards per attempt was not particularly high in part because he was throwing quick passes to receivers or poorly attempted screens to others.

I remain convinced that the lockout plays somewhat into the inherently conservative play-calling scheme and I do think we'll see improved play-calling as they spend more time together. Or maybe I'm just being optimistic and this will all fall apart. Who knows.

If it works out as I'm hoping, the question becomes how long it takes. I am optimistic on this front in part because the staff did make some very smart play-calls. I simply view it as an issue of consistency, which is something that I believe can develop with time.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker