On Monday the 49ers released return specialist Allen Rossum who has been inactive the last two games. Rossum did well last season for the 49ers averaging 26.8 yards on kickoff returns, one of which he returned for 104 yards for a TD, and 14.9 yards on punt returns which were both career highs. He currently ranks 2nd in NFL history for total career return yards (14,987) and career kickoff return yards (11,931). There was no official reason for Rossum being released but it does create a roster spot for newly signed rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree. What I do not get is of all the people to release why Rossum? The injury report for week five said Rossum had a back injury but he participated in practice all week. We all saw how 242 pound tight end Delaine Walker fared running kickoff returns against the Falcons. Regardless of whether or not he actually fumbled the football against the Falcons the fact that he did is reason enough to be concerned about the special teams unit. Walker averaged 20 yards per kickoff return on Sunday. The 49ers have an offense that needs all the help it can get from the return team and releasing your best returner is not the right answer. Wide receiver Aranz Battle returned punts for the 49ers on Sunday and on the one return he was able to run, he only gained 2 yards. Walker and Battle are not the answers to kickoff and punt returns. The 49ers need to find help fast.
Starting strong safety Michael Lewis suffered his third concussion since August 18 in the Falcons loss. For any football player to have three concussions in their career is a serious thing and for Lewis to have his third in almost as many months is not good. I don’t expect Lewis to play the rest of the season and with strong safety backup Reggie Smith out of action in recent weeks because of a groin injury it looks like free safety Mark Roman will start until Smith comes back from his injury. After the 49ers secondary got scorched and exposed by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of his offense the absence of Lewis and Smith does not bode well for the 49ers when they face the high powered offenses of the Texans and Colts on the road.
Coach Mike Singletary said in his news conference on Monday that there might be a change at right guard. Chilo Rachal who has been starting at right guard did not play well against the Falcons. Rachal was responsible for a sack when the Falcons only rushed three defensive lineman and still managed to get to quarterback Shaun Hill. I thought Rachal was going to be solid at right guard but so far this year he has been a disappointment. Backup guard Tony Wragge might be in the starting lineup after the bye week. The right side of the 49ers offensive line is a mess. Not only do we have issues with Rachal being able to block but also at right tackle with Adam Snyder and Tony Pashos who have been alternating because neither seem to be able to consistently block on any play. As bad and slow starting the offense has been some blame can go to offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, the running game and Shaun Hill but all plays start and end with the offensive line. If one side of your O-line is not getting the job done the defense will exploit the weakness.
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