After the 49ers bye week the Red and Gold travel to Houston to take on the Texans in their week seven matchup. Before we preview the week ahead let’s take a look back at the 49ers first five games and give grades for what we have seen so far from the offense.
Offense Overall (C-):
The run, run, run philosophy Mike Singletary wants to install has been stalled with the injury to Frank Gore and the ineffectiveness of backup rookie Glen Coffee. The 49ers passing game is non-existent except when in the red-zone and passing to Vernon Davis. One wide receiver, Josh Morgan, has a touchdown and the offensive line is a wreck especially on the right side of the line. Be thankful our divisional opponents were weak at the time we played them otherwise instead of a 3-2 record, the 49ers could be 1-4.
QB Shaun Hill stats: 80.7QB rating; 898 passing yards; 5 touchdown passes; 2 interceptions
Hill has had his highlights and lowlights. He has been exceptional in the three wins against divisional opponents and was not responsible for the two losses. The Vikings loss was Favre getting lucky while Hill passed for 2 crucial TD’s. The Falcons loss was not his fault either but the defenses and the lack of good play calling by Jimmy Raye. Raye had Hill make 38 passing attempts in the game as the 49ers found themselves down early and trying to put points on the board was not going to work with the running game. Hill is not the type of QB you should rely on to come back from big deficits. If you are having him attempt more than 30 passes in a game chances are the 49ers are down early and big in the game. This why so many people have said Hill is a game manger. He will make the big plays but don’t count on a comeback lead by Hill if the 49ers are down by more than two touchdowns. Hill gets a C+ for leading the 49ers to a 3-2 record so far.
Running backs (C-):
For a team that was suppose to run the football 60% of the time they are not doing a good job. The injury to Frank Gore has been devastating to the 49ers running game and their ability to drive down the field. I am thankful the Rams game was in between the Vikings and Falcons games in which Gore missed all three because the 49ers would have lost to any other team on the schedule not named the Rams. Gore had a huge game against the Seahawks in week two rushing for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns. But if you take away his runs of 80 and 79 yards he only has a total of 82 rushing yards in two games. Not your standard Gore but with him coming back this week at full strength the 49ers confidence in the offense will be higher. Expect Gore to put up Gore like numbers the rest of the season.
Rookie running back Glen Coffee had a huge opportunity with the injury to Gore to show his preseason rushing stats were not a fluke and that the 49ers got a steal drafting him in the third round. Instead he rushed for 54 yards against the Viks, 74 yards against the Rams and 45 yards against the Falcons. His lack of paying attention to the game against the Falcons in which the 49ers had to waste a timeout because he was not on the field for the next play because he thought the 49ers scored was a huge mistake. I am sure he will get better and learned from the mishap but so far this Coffee has been bitter.
Wide receivers (D+):
Combined receivers stats (excluding Vernon Davis and running backs): 31 receptions; 409 receiving yards; 1 touchdown
Vernon Davis stats: 22 receptions; 262 receiving yards; 3 touchdowns
Surprise, surprise Vernon Davis. He is finally having the breakout season he should have had two years ago but we will take it considering how the rest of the receivers are doing whose main job is to catch the football. Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan are tied with 13 receptions leading the wide receivers. Not good. The 49ers knew what type of receivers they would have going into the season without rookie Michael Crabtree signed. If not for Davis’ emergence the receiving corps would look pathetic. Good thing Crabtree has signed but how quickly can he make an impact? The 49er Faithful are hoping as soon as this weekend he is able to have any type of impact to help the passing game. The grade would have been an F if not for Davis and the signing of Crabtree.
Offensive line (F):
Every plays success starts and ends with the O-line. If they cannot get the job done it has domino effect to the rest of the offense and futility ensues. While left tackle Joe Staley and center Eric Heitmann continue to hold down defenses the rest of the 49ers front line has been horrible. The biggest disappointment has been right guard Chilo Rachal. Entering his second year in the NFL I thought this was going to be the year Rachal developed into a solid offensive lineman. That has not been the case as he has consistently played ineffective in the 49ers five games. Starting right tackle Adam Snyder has regressed as well as Singletary has been rotating him with backup Tony Pashos to see who makes the least amount of mistakes and can be the starter the rest of the season. It is not a good thing for the 49ers to have issues with their offensive line this early in the season and that the line is not getting the job done. Shaun Hill has been sacked 16 times this season compared to 23 all of last season. The 49ers are ranked 28th in the NFL in both rushing and passing.
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