No. 2: Running Back Tevin Coleman
Over the past three weeks, the 49ers have found themselves struggling on the ground in the run game. During that span, the Niners have managed a total of just 222 rush yards — an average of just 74 yards per game.
That’s pretty astounding, considering San Francisco was averaging 200 yards per game at a point earlier this season.
So far, Coleman hasn’t exactly delivered since his four-touchdown effort against the Panthers some weeks ago. As San Francisco’s starter the past three weeks, Coleman has managed only 23, 40 and 14 rush yards, respectively, during those consecutive contests.
Considering the firepower many of the 49ers’ upcoming opponents have on offense, arguably the best way for the Niners to ensure a win is going to be keeping those groups off the field.
That’s done via running the ball effectively, which Coleman and the 49ers haven’t been able to do well as of late.