49ers snap count vs. Seahawks

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

We break down the 49ers snap count vs. the Seahawks, focusing in particular on the running backs and their struggles. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The 49ers suffered multiple injuries Sunday evening, and the snap count report reflects it. The 49ers defense lost Ian Williams in the first quarter, Eric Reid in the second quarter, and Ray McDonald late in the game. This resulted in Glenn Dorsey, Craig Dahl and Demarcus Dobbs all getting significantly more defensive action than normal.

Sunday saw several new faces, including Dobbs and wide receiver Kassim Osgood. Both are on the roster primarily for special teams, but as I mentioned, Dobbs got extra snaps rotating with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. I think a chunk came after McDonald exited the game, but the 49ers seem to be giving Smith and McDonald a bit more of a breather in games this year.

One of the more troubling issues on offense was the poor performance of the running game. Kendall Hunter finished the game with 15 offensive snaps, but only one carry. The team seemed content to send Gore up the middle, achieving little success. Gore, Hunter and Anthony Dixon combined for 11 carries and 13 yards. Colin Kaepernick had nine rushes for 87 yards, so that has to be factored in, but the 49ers traditional rushing is struggling.

The Packers seemed to key on it to some extent. The Seahawks have a much better defense than Green Bay, and that played into it, but it also seems like the 49ers were content to just plunge up the middle, right into the teeth of that strong defensive live. The Panthers had more success in Week 1 hitting the edges, and the 49ers just did not seem concerned about mixing it up any further.

The 49ers next face a Colts squad that was gashed by Terrelle Pryor in Week 1, and was inconsistent against the Dolphins in Week 2. We'll see how the 49ers adjust for this week's contest.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 53 1
Alex Boone 53 1
Anthony Davis 53 1
Mike Iupati 53 1
Colin Kaepernick 53
Jonathan Goodwin 53
Anquan Boldin 51
Kyle Williams 43 6
Vernon Davis 39
Frank Gore 37
Vance McDonald 26 7
Bruce Miller 21 5
Kendall Hunter 15
Quinton Patton 13 2
Marlon Moore 10 5
Garrett Celek 4 1
Kassim Osgood 2 13
Adam Snyder 2 1
Ian Williams 1 3
Anthony Dixon 1 17
NaVorro Bowman 76 4
Patrick Willis 71 6
Ahmad Brooks 70 6
Donte Whitner 70
Tarell Brown 69 6
Aldon Smith 69 6
Carlos Rogers 69
Ray McDonald 64 5
Justin Smith 61 6
Craig Dahl 42 13
Nnamdi Asomugha 42
Glenn Dorsey 34 6
Eric Reid 34 4
Demarcus Dobbs 25 15
Perrish Cox 11 10
C.J. Spillman 7 22
Corey Lemonier 7 5
Tramaine Brock 6 17
Dan Skuta 6 17
Raymond Ventrone 17
Michael Wilhoite 17
Daniel Kilgore 7
Andy Lee 6
Kevin McDermott 5
Phil Dawson 3

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