The 49ers offense looks familiar

AP

Starters usually stay on the field this week for only a drive or two, but Alex Smith and the 49ers got five drives on Friday night.

That’s because the first four drives didn’t produce a first down.

The fifth drive was slightly better, with two first downs.  Smith was sacked twice and fumbled while completing only 2-of-7 passes for 10 yards in his outing.  He was under constant duress, with free rushers coming at him often.

On one play, 49ers tackle Anthony Davis clearly committed a false start, jumping off the line early. He still gave up a strip sack to Will Smith.

Things didn’t get much better when rookie Colin Kaepernick entered the game.  Kaeperick’s first drive ended after three consecutive sacks, which included a fumble.   The 49ers trail 10-0 late in the first half.

Luckily, the 49ers have three more preseason games to iron out the offensive kinks under Jim Harbaugh.

85 responses to “The 49ers offense looks familiar

  1. Kinda wondering why Gregg Williams was sending six and seven guys every down. Must win game? Kinda odd. Ugly start for the Niners for sure.

  2. A more appropriate headline:

    “The 49ers QB looks familiar”

    When you don’t have a superbowl-caliber QB than you have to turn the page…start a new chapter in SF! That is if you know whats good for ya…

  3. But it’s s damned good thing the 49ers FO went after Smith so hard.

    We’ll probably see Colin with the Scrabble name soon.

  4. What do coaches continue to see in this guy that make them think that he’s a starting NFL quarterback under ANY circumstances?

    Sell the team, York, you d-bag idiot.

  5. I’m not a Smith apologist, but I don’t think we can pin the offensive ineptitude on him. I think only one of his throws was un-pressured. The o-line has been awful in pass protection, specifically at the RG and RT positions, and Vernon Davis totally missed a safety blitz that got Smith creamed. Include the hurries with a new system and some new guys and there you have it.

    At least our first team D looked solid.

  6. The amount of sacks the 9ers are giving up is painful to watch *hides face in shame* At least Kaepernick showed he may have the legs to make up for the sleeping O-line’s performance… we’ll see

  7. It’s mostly due to 12 practices, pre-season, and not revealing your real game plan right away. I guess all the arm chair QB’s aren’t smart enough to figure most of that out though.

  8. @ ASublimeDay….uhhh yeah Singletary was. He was the coach remember the guy who decides who plays & his offense was from the 80’s (Common Sense).

    Otherwise yes not a good start…but some of our starters are on the second team right now because they just joined the team and aren’t up to speed yet. I’d like to see any other QB do better than A. Smith when the D-Line is having free runs at him. Kap is doing good but hes pretty much running for his life.

  9. flavordave says:
    Aug 12, 2011 9:37 PM
    It reminds me of how the Phillies just won 3 of the last 4 games against the SF Giants.
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    Your comment reminds me of Ryan Howard looking stunned with a bat on his shoulder.

  10. “medtxpack says: Aug 12, 2011 9:42 PM

    saints playing like this is the playoffs, not needed.”

    Sometimes ugly girls look OK next to really ugly girls.

  11. It’s only the first preseason game, but Anthony Davis was in mud season form, by the way he was off the right side. As a 49ers fan, this looks like familiar. Not good, but in Jim I trust.

  12. Sounds like the same old story with our Offensive Line. Very depressing. For the last five years the 49ers have consistently had one of the weakest offensive lines in the league. Not sure what a QB is supposed to do if defenders are coming through untouched. Not sure how we’re going to establish a running game either if the O-line can’t block. Looks like another long year.

  13. I don’t like Alex Smith, I was against him going #1 overall from the beginning…and I’m not a 49ers fan, have no feelings towards them…but Alex is not to blame, although he will get the blame. He is constantly under pressure, yet he has produced an average QBRtg the last 2 seasons while throwing 32 TD’s in just 22 games (also 22 INT’s but still). His TD% is pretty damn good and his QBRtg is average – this is all with very, very pathetic help. The names sound good; Gore, Crabtree, Davis (now Braylon), but in reality overall his talent around him is AWFUL. Gore is hurt all the time, though great when he’s not. Crabtree has been a little disappointing, especially his attitude, and he is also hurt a lot. And I have nothing ill to say about Vernon, he’s been great. But overall, terrible help, terrible OL = too many terrible moments for an average QB. The 49ers could have Peyton Manning and it wouldn’t be much help right now (well, exaggerating, but you get it).

  14. It is funny how the Saints are playing such aggressive defense in the preseason…showing their schemes a little too early?

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    LOL. All they’re doing is bull-rushing with an extra man on the rush here and there. It’s not like they’re doing the stunts, twists, delayed blitzes etc that Williams is known for.

    I really like this Saints defense. The 9ers offense is ugly but the Saints are for real.

  15. “It’s mostly due to 12 practices, pre-season, and not revealing your real game plan right away.”
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    Then the rest of the NFL should look just as bad.

    Hmmmm… Now you’re confused, I can tell.

    I’m sorry.

  16. flavordave says:
    Aug 12, 2011 9:37 PM
    It reminds me of how the Phillies just won 3 of the last 4 games against the SF Giants.
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    yeah, but what happened in the playoffs?

  17. I remember when they tanked so they could get Leinart, then Leinert poked their eyes and said “uh uh, i’m gonna stay in school another year!” and they had to choose between Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers haha

  18. I want to see Harbaugh land Andrew Luck next year.

    Im not a Niners fan but I am a huge Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck fan. IMO Kaepernick is a wasted pick—hes really raw and imo a few seasons from even having a chance to be a starting caliber NFL QB—and even then his success is unlikely imo.

    If the Niners do falter in a improving NFCW and are within reach of Luck (the no.1 pick most likely) I guarantee Harbaugh makes a power move to get him. Kaepernick isnt a big enough deterant from spending back to back 2nd and 1st round picks on QB. Specially for a former QB who is a great QB coach and in a league ever more revolving around that one position

  19. I’m from Dallas and might be moving to the Bay area soon… But I sure as hell won’t be rooting for those damned 49ers! Go Cowboys!!!!!!!

  20. Under normal conditions i am ok with blitzing in the preseason because you have to see what you have in what you are going to do.

    That being said with only a week of real practice for the offenses the Saints bringing it on almost every play is a little bit much. It was almost as if their intent was to injure people. The defenses are always a head of the offenses at this point but the fact there was no offseason makes it even worse. You would think all the teams were going to take it a little bit easier this week atleast.

    Its hard to say if the saints even looked good doing it. I think the niners made 65 blocking mistakes in the game so i am not sure that if the saints do that in week 6 this season they will get away with it. In fact iw ould think they wouldn;t.

    The D for the niners looked ok. Its still hard to tell how good or bad a team is through 1 pre season game,

    Mostly this game was a big shame on the Saints D cord. I just don’t see any reason for all that especially with the lack of practice.

  21. Kapernick’s delivery looked longer than I remember….that was a little disappointing. I hope the kid does well.

    I agree that the Saints blitzing was over the top.

  22. Recall the niners were 4-0 last preseason and look what that did. Patience everyone. Most of the veterans have practiced for one week with a new coaching staff.

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 12, 2011 10:35 PM

    “It’s mostly due to 12 practices, pre-season, and not revealing your real game plan right away.”
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    Then the rest of the NFL should look just as bad.

    Hmmmm… Now you’re confused, I can tell.

    I’m sorry.

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    Yeah because the rest of the NFL turned over an entire coaching staff while changing out 6 starting players right? Good job pinhead. Oh and look at the scoreboards… A lot of those good teams haven’t done so well. It’s preseason genius

  24. This isn’t pop warner football, you are allowed to blitz on everyplay if you want, so quit making excuses! A good team would be able to take advantage of all the Saits blitzing and turn it into at least one touchdown…Bitching about a team blitzing is exactly why football fans across the nation call us “Whiners,” it has nothing to do with Napa Valley or Jeds idea to color code seats according to different wine colors.

  25. melonnhead says: Aug 12, 2011 10:45 PM

    I remember when they tanked so they could get Leinart, then Leinert poked their eyes and said “uh uh, i’m gonna stay in school another year!” and they had to choose between Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers haha

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    Rodgers = top 3 QB in the league. Leinart 3rd string so other than Smith, your post is retarded

  26. Panic Button! The Sky is Falling! OMG Just pick Luck now!…..oh wait this is pre-season game 1? Well considering the 49ers went 4-0 in the pre-season in 2010 and 6-10 during the regular season I am not going to worry about the pre-season results.

    Considering there has only really been a week of practices or so and I highly doubt Harbaugh did too much game planning considering it’s pre-season and all I won’t worry. Not if the O-Line is doing this in week 1 of the regular season I will start to get worried.

    I can keep being excited about Aldon Smith and Ahmed Brooks. Brooks is making the most of his chance to unseat Parys Haralson.

  27. Alex Smith is still on the team so people won’t think he is a BUST when they should have drafted Aaron Rodgers

  28. Hey TO ALL OF YOU CLOWNS COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW HARD THE SAINTS D PLAYED….. GO BACK TO WATCHING 5 YR OLD GIRLS SOCCER GAMES AND STHU

  29. Alex Smith continues playing the Joey Harringtin “Coach Killing” role.

    Seriously…. 49er fans….
    You just saw Jay Cutler play behind the worst offensive line for two years, two new Offensive systems, no wrs. ….and he took his team to an NFC Championship game!!!

    This is coming from a Packer’s fan and I’m giving Jay Cutler credit for not being as awful under the circumstances he’s been under…

  30. so the 9ers went 4-0 last year in pre season and what did that mount to?!?! all you idiots thinking one pre-season game with a new coach and only 12 practices means anything really don’t know football so STFU!!!

  31. one fffnnn game not even a reg season game relax with all this BS about the Saints are for real this and that ofcourse their gonna come fired up they lost in the first round to a 7-9 team baaahahaha…

  32. It’s preseason, y’all. You didn’t have an offseason, you got a new coach, and you’re going against a team with continuity. Nobody got hurt, that’s the only important thing the first game of the season. I’m just glad they’re playing.

    As far as Williams, I distinctly remember that defense not getting off the plane when we lost in Seattle last year. Whether it’s right or wrong to blitz this early in the season, I think he’s trying to put that game behind him.

  33. Not a big deal, the Ain’ts put full pressure blitzes on in the 1st pre-season game to get their confidence up and feel like they are something. Their D is half as good as the 9ers. Brees had numbers similar to A-Smith in the first pre-season game of the year, the big worry is the 9ers O-line, not A-Smith. The O-line plus inept coaching/ownership is the reason the 9ers have sucked for 8 years. Hope Harbaugh’s magic pixie dust works on O-linemen as well as it does on QBs. If Harbaugh pans out and the the 9ers can sort out their pathetic O-line, the playoffs will easily be within reach in a still very weak division.

  34. I don’t have a problem with blitzing in preseason but I do think their is a line you can cross with it and Williams did cross that line into bush league imo.

    It’s not a huge deal or anything but it is what it is and I think it made the 9ers look worse than probably what they are. I mean of course you’re going to struggling in protections when you’re not game planning for the blitz and you’ve barely installed the offense.

    So like with every team I would say wait till the 3rd preseason game before starting to make judgements about teams.

  35. Why Harbaugh chose to enter the season with the only two QB’s a horrible player like Alex Smith and a major project in Kaepernick is puzzling. This is probably the worst QB tandem in the league right now.

  36. Their D is half as good as the 9ers.
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    Amazing, considering we have your best player now.

    (yes, I know you kept Willis)

  37. If I was Harbaugh I’d be glad to see the blitz. I would like to know where a glaring need is and I think he found it with the offensive line. Anthony Davis is horrible, offsides and still gets beat outside? Thats ridiculous. I say keep blitzing at them till they get it right.

  38. Hilarious! Everyone knows Williams blitzes. Don’t it make sense to work on something that you would actually do when the games count? If anything, you should be happy we blitzed and showed you different looks. It might make your pathetic team actually have something to go back and look at so that you can work on it.

    I guess a pass over 10 yards would be in a 49ers fan unwritten rule book would be considered bush league too.

  39. so if the d isnt allowed to blitz what is the offense not allowed to do? you people underdtand that preseason is for talent evaluation among other things. coaches need to find out if players fit their schemes. you are not going to that playing vanilla d. more pussification of the league: dont blitz us, its too early!

  40. The Saints have 2 new starters on the D line, 3 new DE’s and 6 guys looking to be starting LB’s..So yes, they need to work on some pressures and such…. Im not hearing any bitching about the Bucs 1st team offense playing the entire 1st half…

  41. I guess the Saints forgot this is the preseason and not the playoffs…Wait they beat the 7-9 Seahawks last year with that tenacious defense right?

  42. Six years in the league and Awful Alex still reacts like he’s never seen a blitz before. Please get this worthless steaming pile of crap out of the league. Anybody see Josh Johnson play today? Why is it guys like him and Vince Young have to beg to get on the field right now and this pathetic loser Alex Smith just keeps getting handed the starting job every year despite being thoroughly awful every year??

  43. I guess the Saints forgot this is the preseason and not the playoffs…Wait they beat the 7-9 Seahawks last year with that tenacious defense right?

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    Yeah, and just the year before they won a Super Bowl with it. Right?

    Reading this thread is bad for my IQ level.

  44. gregg williams probably blitzed yall since alex smith and gore were talkin’ sht when we lost to the seahawks. no stone goes unturned. lol get over it.

  45. Another pathetic performance by the 49ers offense and their qb + Niner fans = Every excuse in the book.

    Well Alex didn’t do good cause there was a fly buzzing around on the field.

    And there was a light that was turned at a weird angle that was in his eyes so he couldnt see.

    Here is one for ya, how bout the guy sucks !!

  46. “Yeah because the rest of the NFL turned over an entire coaching staff while changing out 6 starting players right? Good job pinhead. Oh and look at the scoreboards… A lot of those good teams haven’t done so well. It’s preseason genius”

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    uh oh… Looks like the panties are bunched up. Just stand up and shake ’em out. It’ll be ok.

  47. Read this blog from 49ers beat writer: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/08/breaking-down-the-o-line-breakdowns.html

    He breaks down each sack the 49ers gave up, and guess what? It had more to do with the 49ers players losing individual battles, and less to do with the blitz or lack of practice time.

    He points out that the 1st string offensive line was also beat by the 2nd string Saints defense as well.

    Time for all the 49ers apologists to look closely at the facts. Everyone has only had limited practice time. By the way…what about the highly reported “Camp Alex” that the media made such a big deal about? Looks like the 49ers defense didn’t exactly stay “vanilla” the entire game either.

    The 49ers fans have been touting their offensive line since they drafted Iupati and A Davis (last year), and resigned Staley to a big contract (last year i believe). So dont go blaming a “weak” off line, when before camp started you were calling this a strength of the team. Can’t have it both ways.

    Face it your team is going to suck. Yes, we all get it…preseason wins/losses dont count. However, its about how individuals compete physically. Mental mistakes such as missed assignments, false starts, and scheme are still work in progress, and can affect the end result…we all get that. But flat out getting mahandled like the 49ers did….now thats whole lot to worry about.

  48. Not sure Cutler is the best example if you want to talk about QBs lifting their team. Cutler’s numbers last season weren’t that better then Alex Smith… a rating of 86 to 82. Similar TD/INT percentage, similar completion percentage. Cutler wasn’t the reason the Bears won four more games then the 49ers in 2010.

    Even Cutler last year, who was sacked more then anyone in the NFL, only average about 3 sacks per game. The Saints piled up 6 sacks and hit the QB ten times.

    In the footage I’ve seen it’s not just one guy getting through, but two or three who are in the backfield before Smith or Kaepernick had a chance to set their feet. On Alex Smith’s fumble he is hit two seconds after the snap on the blindside as he is trying to get rid of the ball. Harper came in untouched and hits Smith from behind while he was throwing… 9 out of 10 QBs fumble that ball (or are saved by the tuck rule). I find it hard to to lay the blame for those series at Smith’s feet.

    Michael Christianson is the new 49ers O-line coach. I don’t know much about him but his resume doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, since the only real coaching experience I can find is that he was a college tight end coach that worked with Harbaugh in San Diego.

    A good o-line makes a good QB look great and average QB look good… and it goes the other way. A bad O-line can make an average QB look bad. I think that’s the case here. It’s not coincidental that Manning, Brees and Brady all play behind what have been some of the consistently best Offensive lines in the league.

    It’s only a pre-season game and Goodwin hasn’t been there very long, so it doesn’t mean much. Hopefully Goodwin can show some leadership and get some of the weak links to improve. However these problems with the O-line have been going on so long it’s hard to feel optimistic.

  49. joepup3 says:
    Aug 13, 2011 3:45 PM

    The 49ers fans have been touting their offensive line since they drafted Iupati and A Davis (last year), and resigned Staley to a big contract (last year i believe). So dont go blaming a “weak” off line, when before camp started you were calling this a strength of the team. Can’t have it both ways

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    You’re joking right? Maybe for a second after they were drafted 49er fans were excited that finally some attention was being paid to the O-line, but it became clear very quickly that both Iupati and Davis were not what we hoped. And I don’t recall anyone defending the offensive line last year.

    I’ve almost felt like a broken record for five or six years talking about our poor offensive line. This is not a new problem, it has been a source of constant frustration for many 49er fans.

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