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49ers’ passing game off to slow start

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The 49ers’ passing game carried them in their season-opening win vs. Green Bay.

However, it has largely sputtered since.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed just two first-half passes against the Colts on Sunday, both to Anquan Boldin. On a more positive note, the 49ers’ rushing game has fared well, with Frank Gore racking up 82 yards on 11 carries. However, a 49ers passing attack missing tight end Vernon Davis has underwhelmed thus far as Indianapolis has built a 10-7 lead it holds in the third quarter.

Overall, the Colts had outgained the 49ers and were a holding a time of possession edge as the third quarter neared its midway point.

The 49ers’ offense, of course, must be respected, considering the depth of talent throughout the unit. Perhaps this is a game to lean on the running game. Nevertheless, the passing game has gotten off to a slow start in Week Three.

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24 Responses to “49ers’ passing game off to slow start”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    Kaepernick is garbage

  2. mrpolarbear99 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:16 PM

    This offense sucks without Crabtree and Davis.

  3. fumblenuts says: Sep 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    Hawks set ” the blueprint” on how to stop them….

  4. 49er33 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    Talented but his gimmick is up. He’s looking like the new “Captain Checkdown”. A lot of hesitation to run as well

  5. papacrick says: Sep 22, 2013 6:37 PM

    The league as adjusted to the new wave of rushing quarterbacks. The pocket passers will prevail. Ron Jaworski is a tool

  6. strokinmyego says: Sep 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    Kaepernick’s game has started to get figured out around the NFL. The Colts defense isn’t very good but they’re building off the blueprint Seattle gave to the rest of the NFL and shutting down Kap.

    The 49ers will adjust eventually and it’s important to mention that they’re down Vernon Davis but fads in the NFL always get figured out in time. The players and coaches that last are able to adapt and change with regularity to counter what defenses are doing.

  7. shlort says: Sep 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    Harbagh has no one on the bench to go to, and Kapernick knows it. Why should Kaepernick give 110% like he did last year, when he knows full well that harbaugh is stuck with him at QB?

    Like I said before. With no one on the bench good enough to replace him, Kaepernick will lay down.

  8. orivar says: Sep 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    “The league as adjusted to the new wave of rushing quarterbacks. The pocket passers will prevail. Ron Jaworski is a tool”

    Wilson & Tannehill are still going strong so wut?

  9. selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    The comments on this thread are absurd. Kapernick is having 2 bad games in. row. He only completed 2 passes in the first half but also only attempted 8. Let’s not forget Davis is out and that 2 weeks ago against a very good Packers team he threw for 400 yards. Relax, everyone. If the next two weeks go the same, perhaps its fair to begin to say that he has been ‘figured out’ but until then everyone needs to settle down.

  10. orivar says: Sep 22, 2013 7:03 PM

    Sorry about the double comment, I keep forgetting to get everything in with one but as those of us that know the game pretty much figured that teams were going watch what the Seahawks film heavily after they showed how to shut down the 49ers.

    The Colts aren’t the Seahawks and are still making moves however watching this game it is evident they’re emulating the Seahawks game plan on defense AND offense. Colts are running heavy to the outside tackles.

  11. briscocountyjr says: Sep 22, 2013 7:05 PM

    1. Seahawks
    2. Cardinals
    3. Rams
    4. Niners

    There it is

  12. traviskraft24 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    As a 9ers fan the past 2 weeks have been very hard to watch. I am not making any excuses.. This offensive production reminds me of decades past. Also Gore started this game HOT and they just stopped giving him the ball… Who’s brilliant idea was that?

  13. briscocountyjr says: Sep 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    selbyrj82 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    “Let’s not forget Davis is out and that 2 weeks ago against a very good Packers team he threw for 400 yards. Relax, everyone…”

    The Packers have a terrible defense dude.

  14. repmochief50 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:12 PM

    Talented but his gimmick is up. He’s looking like the new “Captain Checkdown”.

    …………………………………………………………………………

    The “Old Capt CD” has a better completion %, more TD’s, 0 interceptions, a better QB Rating, AND is 3-0! He’d have better #’s but our line is having blocking issues so he’s scrambling every other play. I know most 49’er fans won’t admit it, but you let the wrong guy get away…….THANK YOU!!!

  15. psuravens19 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:14 PM

    Alex Smith is Kapernicking in KC right now…

  16. 49er33 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:20 PM

    @repmochief

    I’m a fan of Smith I was simply making a point to bashers of his thus the quotations. Smith even though he checked down got the yards and many forget that Crabtree turned the corner with Smith the game before the concussion and Kaep was the benefactor. I’m glad Chiefs and Smith are 3-0 though that’s my AFC team now, I pull for Smith. 49ers fan through and through though

  17. selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:29 PM

    Regardless of this game Id take the Packers defense over the colts defense 10 times out of 10. Even so, I don’t care who the defense is….400 yards passing in a game is 400 yards passing in a game. Point being once again, let’s not rush to saying Kapernick is done after 2 poor outings.

  18. idealyoulose says: Sep 22, 2013 7:30 PM

    Staring to wish we kept alex smith, he’s winning.

  19. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 7:33 PM

    selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    The comments on this thread are absurd. Kapernick is having 2 bad games in. row. He only completed 2 passes in the first half but also only attempted 8. Let’s not forget Davis is out and that 2 weeks ago against a very good Packers team he threw for 400 yards. Relax, everyone. If the next two weeks go the same, perhaps its fair to begin to say that he has been ‘figured out’ but until then everyone needs to settle down.
    ————————————————

    Yes a very good 1-2 Packer team.

    Oh wait.

    You likely think San Fran is a very good 1-2 team.

  20. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 7:38 PM

    idealyoulose says: Sep 22, 2013 7:30 PM

    Staring to wish we kept alex smith, he’s winning.
    ———————————————-

    Frankly, he was a better QB.

    Krap is 23rd QB rating in 2013.

    Smith is 15th.

    Wilson is 6th.

    You had the winning formula. Play good defense, run the ball and pass off of the run but don’t turn it over.

    But Coach Crybaughby has more important goals than winning.

    He wants to win AND get all the credit.

  21. selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    If you’re trying to say the packers aren’t a good team then you’re a moron. They started the season off against 3 playoff teams and they’ve lost 2 close contests. If you recall they were 1-2 last year and yeah, they ended up pretty good. My whole point is that everyone is acting like 3 weeks into the season things are determined. Its a long season. So thank you for only further provin my point with your poorly thought out rebuttal.

  22. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 7:45 PM

    Greenbay’s great defense is 29th in scoring defense and 27th in ypg.

    Impressive.

  23. selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:02 PM

    Green Bay’s opponents thus far had a combined record of 32-16 last year. The Colts on the other hand allowed Terrelle Pryor to look like an elite rusher. So yeah, I stand by my statement because, like I said, it’s 3 games into the season.

    For the record the 9ers opponents had a combined record of 33-15 last season, so are they a bad team? Not likely.

    Alex Smith’s opponents thus far has a combined 14-34 record last season.

    Maybe Kap is done, maybe hes not. My whole point is it’s too early to tell, and those numbers above just help drive that point home. Im not a Kapernick sympathizer. I couldnt care less about him. I’m just saying stop jumping to extreme conclusions such as “he’s done” 3 weeks into a 17 week season.

  24. jab951 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:53 AM

    It’s so pathetic to read so many people jumping off the band wagon so fast and being critical about the offense of the 49ers. Yeah there not playing well but there still the best team in NFL when healthy. Everyone says the Seahawks are the best… I say lets wait and see when they play 49ers again this year and the 49ers should have Mario manningjam and Michael Carbtree. The blueprint out right to play press coverage which makes sense when you only have Bolden and Davis when heathy out there. 49ers rookies haven’t showed up yet.

    The 49ers will rid this ship out for the next 5 weeks and thing will get better when there receiving core is back together.

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