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49ers vs. Panthers: Taking a look at San Francisco’s sacks allowed

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The 49ers gave up four sacks and a lot more hits against the Panthers. We take a look at the film.

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The San Francisco 49ers looked good for about a quarter, but things unraveled completely against the Carolina Panthers not too long after that. Brian Hoyer wasn’t perfect — he had an interception where he simply didn’t see Luke Kuechly, and the blame is solely on him — but he didn’t start playing poorly until the Panthers started hitting him.

A lot.

Hoyer was sacked four times officially, and there was a fifth that was overturned due to a defensive holding penalty by the Panthers. He was hit more than those five times though, and rarely had a clean pocket to throw from. Pierre Garcon ran some crisp routes, but those routes took a long while to develop.

I don’t think Hoyer is poised for an amazing season, but I do think he’s got a lot to offer as a starter. The 49ers have to keep him protected though, and that means not allowing him to take the kind of punishment he took on Sunday.

Let’s dive into the gifs for this week.

(As an aside, please let me know about the quality of these. I’m using bigger gifs that our system should be converting to a smaller file format. I’d like to know if they’re taking longer to load than usual or if they look fine. It’s hard to tell from my end.)

4:42 of 1st Quarter, 2nd and 8 from the 50: Hoyer sacked at SF 42 for -8 yards (Wes Horton), fumbled, recovered by Star Lotulelei at SF 42

As you can see above, that’s Zane Beadles getting completely schooled on a crucial play at mid-field. Hoyer is waiting for Kittle to get open at the top of the screen and it’s a good TE Post route. It’s likely a completion and a first down, plus a lot more. Instead, it’s a sack, fumble and recovery by the defense.

Hoyer isn’t blameless because he fumbled the ball, but Beadles was the big issue here.

2:01 of 1st Quarter, 2nd and 9 from SF 44: Hoyer sacked at SF 37 for -7 yards (Shaq Thompson)

This play was disappointing, but ultimately not that big of a breakdown for the 49ers. They were trying to fool the defense on play action, and Kyle Juszczyk doesn’t have the time to get to the other side to chip the defender. You can probably place enough blame on him because that’s where he’s always supposed to be blocking, and he simply doesn’t get there.

13:44 of 2nd Quarter, 2nd and 20 from SF 17: Hoyer sacked at SF 13 for -4 yards (Lotulelei, Julius Peppers)

The initial pressure on this play is given up by Beadles, and Hoyer is forced to step way up, out of the pocket. You can say that Daniel Kilgore and Brandon Fusco lost containment on their guy, but they also didn’t know that Hoyer had stepped up so far as to being directly to their left. He should have been a full 2 yards back of them, delivering a short pass to Trent Taylor underneath.

So, chalk another one up for Beadles.

6:32 of 2nd Quarter, 4th and 4 from CAR 44: Hoyer sacked at SF 48 for -8 Yards (Thomas Davis)

Beadles doesn’t give up the direct pressure here, but it sure is frustrating watching him just kinda shuffle along with no direction on the play. He’s collapsing on a pocket that doesn’t exist, and meanwhile, both Fusco and Carlos Hyde are unable to contain their two rushers. I don’t like that protection at all, really ... I’m not sure why the 49ers think Hyde should be blocking Thomas Davis one-on-one.

11:14 of 4th Quarter, 3rd and 7 from CAR 18: Hoyer sacked at CAR 25 for -7 yards (Mario Addison) — penalty on Charles Johnson, defensive holding — no play

This play ultimately didn’t count, and you can easily argue that Hoyer was going to throw to the player that was ultimately held by Charles Johnson, a defensive end dropping back into coverage. But it’s still Hoyer getting hit on a play that took a long time to develop, so we’ll look at the sack anyway.

Oh, it’s Zane Beadles ... First he lets his guy past, an the guy goes to the ground. Beadles is then very slow to turn around, and the defender has a chance to get up and drag Hoyer down. It’s disappointing because look at all the work Brown is putting in on the outside. And Staley completely destroys his guy, too. Just a sad, disappointing play.

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