Steve Young on 49ers offensive struggles.


11/20- Steve Young show on KNBR starts talking about niners offense at about 73:38 (

It’s alarming. It’s fundamentally alarming. You got a phenomenal defensive effort on the road in a tough place and you come up with less than 200 yards. In the end, yards aren’t everything. But yards are something. And when you are playing championship football, you don’t keep coming up with almost no yards. I mean, literally, if the ball doesn’t get turned over, we don’t even get close to the end zone. I mean there’s something amiss. Right?

After the Colts game it became, we’re going to run the football, play great defense, go back to what we were with Alex Smith. That’s kind of how we’re going to do it. We’re going to kind of set a stake in the ground. And it worked. Five games in a row. You really got the sense that that was the 49er way. Who we really are. And that was fine. But, in the meantime, the constriction around the offense now is not just a strategic move. It’s now an illness.

And how do you get out of it? And how do we get expansive again? How do we threaten and really be the team that can go the distance because that’s really what we’re talking about, right? We’re not talking about getting in the playoffs and losing in the first round. We’re talking about a team that’s built, and has the capacity and a window, of guys in the locker room. Leaders ready to go. A stingy defense. A lot of offensive talent. Top-five offensive line. This is the time. Last year was maybe a little early, but it exposed itself at the time. Now is the time to make hey and if that's who we are this is not.

I don’t mind a game or two here or there, but now it’s a problem. You know, throwing for 90 yards and throwing for 110 yards and being really efficient? OK. But at some point, no, that’s not going to get it done. And now you’re losing games that you should have won. Not just because of what happened with Ahmad Brooks. Not just because of a little turnover here or there. Fundamentally, we’re not playing well enough offensively to win in this league. And that’s alarming.

Someone tells me I haven't tracked it seems like when we weren't playing well 3rd down conversions were way off. Where do we start? Do we start with we went constricted we were going to run the football and Frank was going to be featured and we are going to play big defense. Okay that's what we did. But now it is time to expand and we got to go and is it just offensive coordinator’s play calling? We don’t have any threats on the perimeter? Is that the issue? Is that the real issue? Or is it now, fundamentally, Trent Dilfer was onto something last week saying about, ‘No, it’s Colin.'

And, really, Colin comes off of fakes and they’ve got some neat little things … and people are wide open on the first look. And now they’re not open. Now the second look is not something that he’s really great at. Is that, fundamentally, the issue? You wonder which one’s really causing the problem. Because (there) is a problem right now.

On whether or not the offense is losing confidence in Colin:

Absolutely there is no question about it. There is no question it becomes a theme in the locker room and people smell it and the first people who smell it are the receivers because their the ones not getting the calls. And they'll immediately go to the coordinator, to the coach, and they'll say what is going on? And the whispers start. Well I can't call stuff. I don't trust. I'm not sure. Innuendos start. Not necessarily out on the street it is in the locker room where that happens so they'll try to protect that.

Those guys are used to dancing and singing like they did at the end of last year and why aren't we? Oh, for a few weeks it was oh we're fundamentally gonna retrench into who we are. But now how are they explaining that? And that would be an explanation I would love to hear.

On whether or not defenses are dismissing Colin and that is affecting Gore's rushing ability:

That's the alarming part. The precipitous fall, if that’s the case, from where Colin was at the end of the year and how much pressure he was putting on defenses and how baffling the spread-option and the pistol was. That window is so closed. And now having to go play real quarterback. And we know that is not going to happen in 5 seconds that is a process. Is that just too much right now and people smell it, they know it and it is in everything. That's alarming. If that is truly what is going on and I don’t have enough intel to really know that yet but if defenses are calling it then you’re in a lot of trouble.

You can have lowls. Retrenchment. All that stuff is fine. That is why the alarm is really can we do what we threatened to do at the end of last year? In the end that is the question.

In Washington, we better start seeing it or the alarm bells will go ring even louder, if it is fundamental to the quarterback spot? My gosh. Now, that’s a whole other can of worms that I don’t want to think about.

Because if it’s just play-calling, and we need some receivers back, and, you know, we need, philosophically and tactically, we need to get more excited, and expansive and wider, and fuller, and riskier. If that’s all it is, then fine. But if it’s something fundamental to the position, to the guy, that’s a whole other can of worms that I don’t think anyone wants to talk about right now.

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