No. 2: Offensive Tackle Daniel Brunskill
Another reason why the 49ers struggled on offense, aside from the weather… well, related to it, was because of the offensive line having some difficulty against what the Redskins were doing up front.
Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco’s makeshift O-line held up well against defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Co.
This wasn’t quite the case at FedEx Field, however, particularly in run support.
Yes, the Niners were able to rush for a total of 137 yards, but the 3.5 yards-per-carry average suggests the total was due to Kyle Shanahan not abandoning the run in the second half than anything else.
Both of the sacks Garoppolo took came from Brunskill’s side. There was this one, where Redskins EDGE Ryan Kerrigan pushed Brunskill into Garoppolo’s collapsing pocket. And Brunskill whiffed on his block here, which led to a combo sack by Kerrigan and defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis:
Simply put, Brunskill looked far more like a backup in this game than what he displayed in Los Angeles.