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.