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2020 49ers blocking: “Everybody is messing up”

Kyle Posey and Akash Anavarathan explore the 49ers’ blocking issues

San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

The 49ers are supposed to be a running team that uses play-action to gain huge chunks of yards while controlling the clock and dictating the pace of the game. Why then, have they been largely unable to generate much on the ground beyond Raheem Mostert’s explosive plays?

Kyle Posey and Akash Anavarathan took a deep dive into the offensive line issues in this week’s Shanaplan podcast.

“It’s been a struggle, and I’m not sure what’s going on,” Posey said, “Everybody is missing blocks. Ross Dwelley missed five. Kyle Juczcyk missed two. Charlie Woerner struggled, too. It’s bizarre. This was not the case at all last year, and I have no way to explain it.”

Then he found one.

“Everybody’s messing up.”

Missed blocks vs. Giants

Player Pass Blocks Run Blocks
Player Pass Blocks Run Blocks
Trent Williams 1 3
Laken Tomlinson 3 1
Ben Garland 0 4
Daniel Brunskill 2 2
Mike McGlinchey 1 0

Other topics covered in the pod:

-Nick Mullens vs. Jimmy Garoppolo this season

-Week 3 standouts Kendrick Bourne, Jason Verrett, and Brandon Aiyuk

-Has your opinion of the 49ers changed since the start of the year?

-Predictions for Week 4

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