The San Francisco 49ers were thoroughly embarrassed by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and the search for answers continues. The snap count does not reveal everything, but we can make some pretty specific inferences based on it. We started with the offensive side of the ball, and are back for the defensive side (Gamebook PDF). I decided to mix up that format with a little help from our friends at Dawgs By Nature (enjoying quite the celebration this morning, I imagine).
||62%||2 tackles, 2 assists, 1 forced fumble|
||53%||4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hit, 1 blocked field goal|
||45%||3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hit|
||15%||1 tackle, 2 assists|
The 49ers defensive front struggled to get pressure on its own. The 49ers seemed to do best against Johnny Manziel when they brought extra pass rushers. Unfortunately that did not seem to happen nearly enough. The Browns ground game had its best performance of the year, so we got the Mr. Hyde run defense this time around. Arik Armstead saw a nice boost in snaps. Hopefully we see him consistently getting this kind of work the final three weeks of the season. Quinton Dial had some big plays, so that was something......
|OLB||Ahmad Brooks||59||76%||4 tackles, 1 assist, 1 QB hit, 1 fumble recovered|
||56||72%||1 tackle, 1 assist, 1 QB hit, 1 facemask penalty|
Starting Lemonier over Harold is up there with sticking with Jordan Devey even after it became further clear that he was awful. The coaching staff thinks short term, rather than giving more development time to guys who might actually have a future with this team. Eli Harold needs to be out there starting.
|ILB||NaVorro Bowman||78||100%||3 tackles, 2 assists|
||71||91%||4 tackles, 3 assists, 1 tackle for loss, 1 defensive pass interference|
I'm curious to see how many missed tackles show up in the PFF stat sheet for Bowman and Hodges. The lowlight had to be when Manziel did a little shake and back that juked Bowman out of his cleats on a scramble. It was a bad day for the 49ers second level of run defense.
|CB||Tramaine Brock||78||100%||No stats|
|CB||Kenneth Acker||73||94%||8 tackles, 3 assists, 1 pass deflection|
||55%||2 tackles, 1 assist|
||4%||1 defensive holding|
This is an instance in which it is not a good thing that Kenneth Acker led the team in tackles. The 49ers pass defense was a mess, although I think a lot of it had to do with some of the zone decisions. The 49ers defensive game plan seemed out of whack in this one. And I still have no idea why Dontae Johnson gets so little work.
|S||Eric Reid||78||100%||8 tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble|
||78||100%||7 tackles, 1 assist, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection|
The 49ers safeties were among the team's leading tacklers thanks to a mix of poor run defense up front, and the Browns receivers getting open in the many holes of the 49ers zones. Tartt grabbed an interception, although Manziel deserved plenty of blame on that play.