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Greg Roman: 49ers offense is “going to pop”

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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh may be playing ignorant when it comes to criticism of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman was a bit more clear-eyed when it comes to the issues plaguing the offense in recent weeks.

Roman said that the offensive production has not been up to snuff and made special notice of Kaepernick’s struggles. Kaepernick is 28-of-53 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in two straight 49ers losses and Roman said he thinks that the quarterback will be a better player for going through the rough patches that everyone but Harbaugh is willing to admit he’s been dealing with in recent weeks.

Roman also thinks that the offense is going to see better days in the near future.

“We’re certainly not a finished product,” Roman said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “I think those opportunities are out there and the roof is going to blow off. It’s going to pop. It’s coming.”

The Redskins defense has offered very little resistance to offenses looking to blow the roof off this season, so Monday night could bear better results for the Niners. If it’s more of the same, Harbaugh’s head might have to come out of the sand next week.

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  1. niners83 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:05 PM

    It’s raining not stop in Arizona. Now the Cardinals and Seahawks have one more thing in common

    Great defenses
    nfc west
    Rain
    oh yeah and neither will ever win a super bowl

  2. thepftpoet says: Nov 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    I wouldn’t doubt if Kaepernick threw 400 yds and 3 TDs on the redskins this Monday..

    Heck, the Redskins D made Christian Ponder look like Peyton Manning out there.

  3. tinbender2000 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    Yeah it’ll Pop, like a zit. And that ain’t sand he’s got his head in.

  4. pnwl4a says: Nov 22, 2013 5:15 PM

    niners83 says:
    Nov 22, 2013 5:05 PM
    It’s raining not stop in Arizona. Now the Cardinals and Seahawks have one more thing in common

    Great defenses
    nfc west
    Rain
    oh yeah and neither will ever win a super bowl

    ———————————–

    You forgot:

    both better than the 40whiners…

    by the way.. you do know that last SB win was 2 Decades ago right? you do know this current Whiner team and staff had nothing to do with those good teams right? …..

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?!!! At the Panther game everyone in our section couldn’t believe you didn’t go for it on the 4th and goal play when our defense still had us in the game.

    Oh and our run plays are painfully obvious, release Kaep let him throw, let him run. I understand you and Harbaugh are scared to death if he gets injured because our 2nd and 3rd string QBs suck but we HAVE something to lose. OPEN FIRE!!!!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  6. myhawks1976 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:23 PM

    Colin Kaepernick. 0

    Seahawks. 2

    keep talking about your trophies Whiners83. Clinton was a great preside t wasn’t he. cause the last time you lifted trophies in the bay, Simon Cowell was unknown, Geo Metros were all over the road, gas was $1.19 a gallon and guys named Lott, Montana, Young and Rice wore jerseys, not gold blazers.

    hang on to your history son, cause its all that you guys have. you had your chance last year. you choked. now ice up kid, the Hawks will bring home the respect the NFC deserves.

    PS. Alex Smith on a team that went 2-14 last year = 9-1
    Colin Kaepernick on a team that is loaded and went to the Bowl last year = 6-4

    just try and make the playoffs kid.

    now that, is some ironically humorous numbers right there.

  7. goldrush94 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:29 PM

    when you don’t have a deep threat or any receiver who can create separation at the line of scrimmage, defenses shrink your field of play. the window to hit an open receiver narrows and so Kaep has a fraction of the time he’s normally have. defenses know this and that’s why they can afford to bring pressure.. hence all the sacks in the last two games. The problem is not necessarily Kaep, but the lack of offensive weapons. same issue they had in 2007. no receivers.

  8. d111981 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    The Redskins are the cure for any struggling team or streaks like 10 straight home losses. San Francisco’s offense will wake up Monday night

  9. 4d9erdynasty says: Nov 22, 2013 5:48 PM

    I hope it does something because play calling has been real mediocre, mixed with the not so good WR play allows the defenses to stack the box, jam the receivers and make Kap and the WR’s beat you which is obviously struggling. niners are banking on crabtree coming back but is very risky not knowing how effective he will be coming back from that injury. I thought trading for josh gordon was the way to go, it would have been a little of a risk but i dont think they would be hurting this bad in the pass game and not have to rely on crabtree. that being said i hope manningham gets healthy and crabtree comes back soon and can be like the guy we seen last year. After all crabtree was kaps favorite target last year.

  10. tommymomoney says: Nov 22, 2013 5:49 PM

    RWilson>>>>Kap

  11. goniners18 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:50 PM

    @myhawks1976 -that might be the dumbest post on this board yet

    The last time the 49ers won a Super Bowl, both Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana were retired. But nice try.

    Oh and way to get cute with you Alex Smith vs Kap numbers. What you failed to note when you noted that Kap is 6-4 with a “loaded: team that went to “the bowl” last year is that HE WAS THE REASON THEY WENT TO THE BOWL (AND ALMOST WON) LAST YEAR. Go back and watch the Packers, Falcons AND Ravens playoff games from last year – the loaded defense was not up to par and Kap actually carried us to 2 wins and ever so close to another Lombardi.

  12. jgarcia050 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:52 PM

    so funny all these seahawks fans act like they’ve won something. As if they’ve won the super bowl this year or have won multiple ones in the past.

  13. jda129 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:52 PM

    Listen to Kaepernick and listen to Wilson. When asked what he needs to work on Kaepernick gives generic answers. Wilson gets very specific about his footwork, progressions, etc. Wilson obviously has very clear goals and it shows in his preparation and performance. Kaep needs to take a page out of that book.

  14. leftygun says: Nov 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    Niner fans should not worry. Colin has been busy favoriting negative tweets all week. He will be in all-pro form in no time.

  15. TIM says: Nov 22, 2013 5:55 PM

    The 9ers offense had better “POP” soon or Mr. Roman will be looking for work before too much longer.
    He is a horrible game planner and an even worse play caller during games . And he has no idea how to make adjustments during games when he sees what the defenses are doing to stop his offense,because he has no ideas and no imagination. He has no idea how to scheme get mediocre WR’s open,like any good OC knows how to do. And he has no idea how to scheme to slow down a blitz.In other words Mr. Roman is a poor OC with a high quality QB and several weapons that vhe has no idea how to use.

    Kaepernick is fine,it’s Roman who needs to change or hit the road !

  16. ufanforreal says: Nov 22, 2013 5:56 PM

    49ers offense is “going to pop”
    Hell they are like a pimple, they popped and now it’s no where to be found.

  17. tmkelley1 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:10 PM

    Considering the ‘Skins D this year (having forgotten the golden rule that if one is to defend anything, one must be closer than 10 yards to that which is being “defended”), I’ll be stunned if the 49s don’t hang about that many points, 49, at FedEx on Monday night.

    And I’m a life-long ‘Skins fan. Such a sad year.

  18. scrp2 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    Easy to talk tough before a game with the NFC Least.

  19. d111981 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    @tmkelley1 Agreed.. I’m in the same sinking ship. The skins have a habit of being embarrassed on national television.

  20. pnwl4a says: Nov 22, 2013 6:31 PM

    jgarcia050 says:
    Nov 22, 2013 5:52 PM
    so funny all these seahawks fans act like they’ve won something. As if they’ve won the super bowl this year or have won multiple ones in the past.

    ———————————-

    so funny all these 49ers fans think they have a good team.

  21. swaggyy says: Nov 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    Am I missing something? Did the 49ers get a new QB? How will it pop with back up caliber Kaeperpickles under center?

    By the way, cute little thing you did there with the first comment on here from the niners fan. I see you’re avoiding your depressing present state (6-4, tied for 2nd) and making yourself feel better about the good things your team did almost 20 years ago. When you were probably a child at the time. Seriously though, very cute.

    Maybe your QB will get over the 2k passing mark this week. Doubtful. Probably another 90 yard outing.

  22. hawkforlife says: Nov 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    The problem is not necessarily Kaep, but the lack of offensive weapons. same issue they had in 2007. no receivers.

    You notice when defending their miracle QB 9er fans always point to the lack of receivers but all we heard from them all spring and summer was how terrible the Seahawk receivers were. Funny RW has a great year going with those receivers. Must be luck I guess.

  23. ravenswhat says: Nov 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    I find it bizarre that he no longer runs. Dude is a gazelle and could easily run for 50+ yards if they just let go of his reigns. Strange.

  24. osiris33 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Seahawks fans act like this because we know how superior our team is to every other team in the league. The only thing that can stop us from winning the Super Bowl is the refs, and the NFL may resort to that since they already did it once and got away with it.

    As to the zero-niners, you’re 32nd in the NFL in passing after 10 games. You are what you are.

    If I was you, I’d worry more about not being embarrassed by missing the playoffs than worrying about the Seahawks. You have no prayer of beating them.

  25. theysone says: Nov 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    hawkforlife says: Nov 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    You notice when defending their miracle QB 9er fans always point to the lack of receivers but all we heard from them all spring and summer was how terrible the Seahawk receivers were. Funny RW has a great year going with those receivers. Must be luck I guess.

    Not all of us. I, for one, put most of the blame on our lame QB.

    Boldin is one of the best WRs in the game. Vernon Davis is one of the best TEs in the game. A bunch of idiot 49er fans kept saying “Wait til Manningham is back, Kap is gonna be off the hizzook!” He’s been back for 2 games. Kap still sucks. Now it’s “Wait til Crab comes back, Kap is gonna ascend to the football heavens!!1one!”

    He’s still gonna suck when Crab gets back. He’s horribly inaccurate. Freezes in the pocket. Can’t progress through his reads. Can’t read a defense. Sucks at feeling and avoiding pressure.

  26. hawkforlife says: Nov 22, 2013 7:05 PM

    @theysone

    I keep wondering why Boldin isn’t having a better year. I can only point to Kaepernick. Boldin’s been a great receiver wherever he’s played but not now. Looking at the stats he’s been targeted only 76 times with just 47 catches. Seems pretty low for a team supposedly in need of receivers.

  27. theysone says: Nov 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    @hawkforlife

    Boldin was wide open on a few plays last week. In some instances, Kap doesn’t see him (because he doesn’t progress through his reads well at all), and in others he just can’t pull the trigger. Most of those incompletions in Boldin’s direction were just piss poor throws.

  28. ripster65 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:20 PM

    Niners usually play pretty well in prime time (except against Seattle). Skins are bad. Niners by at least 2 TDs…?

  29. iced107 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    theysone says:
    Nov 22, 2013 6:55 PM
    hawkforlife says: Nov 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    You notice when defending their miracle QB 9er fans always point to the lack of receivers but all we heard from them all spring and summer was how terrible the Seahawk receivers were. Funny RW has a great year going with those receivers. Must be luck I guess.

    Not all of us. I, for one, put most of the blame on our lame QB.

    Boldin is one of the best WRs in the game. Vernon Davis is one of the best TEs in the game. A bunch of idiot 49er fans kept saying “Wait til Manningham is back, Kap is gonna be off the hizzook!” He’s been back for 2 games. Kap still sucks. Now it’s “Wait til Crab comes back, Kap is gonna ascend to the football heavens!!1one!”

    He’s still gonna suck when Crab gets back. He’s horribly inaccurate. Freezes in the pocket. Can’t progress through his reads. Can’t read a defense. Sucks at feeling and avoiding pressure.

    ====================================================

    seriously? i mean kaepernick ain’t crap, but acting like RW is a great qb is hysterical….

    the most run heavy offense that asks minimal of their qb and they act like they have an aaron rodgers or a peyton manning. lol

  30. opentotruth says: Nov 22, 2013 7:28 PM

    If they lose this week they probably wont even make the playoffs..

  31. tvjules says: Nov 22, 2013 7:57 PM

    Even if it’s the 9ers, it will be nice to see an offense “pop” on FedEx Field, considering that hasn’t happened yet this year.

  32. uplate5301 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:01 PM

    Here we go…. more Hawks fans that apparently can’t find anything good to say about their team on their blogs so they roost on a Niner blog making blathering noises.

    The Seahawks have a better record. They are probably the better team right now. That’s not necessarily going to be true 6 weeks from now.

    Both teams will make the playoffs, and the division title is the Seahawks’ to lose. Nonetheless, the Seahawks have won games……. but nothing else. Ever.

    Logically, they should be the odds-on favorite to go to the Super Bowl. We’ll see. So far, it’s all talk, and if they don’t make it (AGAIN), all these noise-making Seahawk bloggers that scream about how great they are (the majority… some actually post some worthwhile analysis, but most just blather) are going to look as silly as the always seem to end up looking.

  33. tommymomoney says: Nov 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    iced107… your whiners offense is even more run heavy than the hawks, so what does that say about your quarterback? You should watch the Hawks play more often. Russell is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, look at his QB rating and YPA. Not to mention the # of 4th quarter comebacks. The guy is straight clutch, and cares only about winning and his teammates. You wish you had a QB like ours. All you have is a wannabe gangster QB looking for a big payday and magazine covers.

  34. theysone says: Nov 22, 2013 8:12 PM

    tommymomoney says: Nov 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    iced107… your whiners offense is even more run heavy than the hawks, so what does that say about your quarterback? You should watch the Hawks play more often. Russell is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, look at his QB rating and YPA. Not to mention the # of 4th quarter comebacks. The guy is straight clutch, and cares only about winning and his teammates. You wish you had a QB like ours. All you have is a wannabe gangster QB looking for a big payday and magazine covers.
    ___________________________________

    We did have a QB like that. He’s now on the Chiefs. Wish he was still on the 49ers.

  35. goldrush36 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    osiris33 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Seahawks fans act like this because we know how superior our team is to every other team in the league. The only thing that can stop us from winning the Super Bowl is the refs, and the NFL may resort to that since they already did it once and got away with it.
    _______________________________________
    LOL OMG here we go again.. since not a single person has ever been able to do it. Please oh mighty one explain how that one holding call cost you a game you needed 2 td’s to win? Or at least a td, 2pt conv, and field goal to even tie… go ahead and spin it

  36. rogerrodgers says: Nov 22, 2013 8:24 PM

    Pop a couple more concussions?

  37. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 22, 2013 8:44 PM

    Kaepernick light the world on fire last season. The league adjusted and defenses have him looking like a flash in the pan (half a season isn’t just a “rough patch”). Now, it’s up to him and the coaches to readjust–if they can.

  38. seaeagle707 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:47 PM

    When the Niners are playing well we hear all about them being dominant, blah, blah, ad nauseum. When they aren’t, the Whiners run for cover with mentions of their dust covered Lombardi’s. You can’t have an intelligent football repartee in the face of such juvenile antics.

    Kaep is having problems, of the kind that could happen to anybody. Every player is potentially at risk for having mental/physical synch problems. Now just happens to be when its occuring to him.

  39. hen510 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:10 PM

    Does anyone remember squidward threw for over 400 yards and 3 td’s in week 1……boldin had an insane game as well..my how things have changed.

  40. ripster65 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:14 PM

    ““Wait til Manningham is back, Kap is gonna be off the hizzook!”

    ——————

    One loses a bit of credibility when he drops “hizzook”.

  41. bert1913 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    once you hit bottom, there is no other way but up

  42. beastmode5150 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:27 PM

    No it’s not.

    -everyone else.

  43. ronnielottspinky says: Nov 22, 2013 10:56 PM

    Calm down guys, this is nothing new from these clowns. I’m sure they still talk in their circles about some win vs. Elway on their way to winning…nothing.

  44. pacificnw7722 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:00 AM

    Dr. Moreau’s sidekick can’t read a defense……

  45. hairdogg2000 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:29 AM

    Its hilarious seeing all Seahawks fans posting negative comments about the 49ers. How many superbowls have you won? ZERO! How many legends have played in Seattle? ZERO! The 49ers maybe has beens but its better than never beens

  46. rn1997 says: Nov 23, 2013 3:26 AM

    The whole “forty whiners” thing is getting REALLY old. Come on people at least think of a more intelligent argument than “Kap sucks” and “whiners!!!” This is a comment board on a 49ers article……..if you DON’T like what 9ers fans have to say then go elsewhere!!!

  47. joetoronto says: Nov 23, 2013 4:51 AM

    Ya, the kind of pop a popgun makes.

  48. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:56 AM

    This game is right up The Redskins alley. sf dose not have any weapons on offense. All they have to do is shut down the running game and contain kap. The WR from sf don’t scare anyone at all. It will be a blood bath and a very low scoring game with The Redskins on top.!!!!

  49. cmosiedrum says: Nov 23, 2013 12:09 PM

    Wow – all the hate from Seattle fans on a San Francisco article.
    Careful Seahawks fans, your true character is showing.

    Stay classy…

  50. hawkman4life says: Nov 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    Kap has a shot at being an above average QB at least. His problem right now is lack of maturity. He professed himself as great with the help of the media (see bicep kissing. True sign of self absorption). If he can come back down to earth and realize it takes hard work to become great he has a chance. Till such time he will be horribly inconsistent. All one needs to do is listen to this guy talk. Every interview I have heard from this guy reeks of a lack of intelligence. He needs to take a page from the great QB’s in the league. You don’t see them (other than Rogers’ discout daasble check) acting out like that.

    Grow up and become a man Kap and perhaps then you will become more than just slightly above average. Great QB’s do it with average receivers…see Brady this year…see RW…it’s about making others around you better. Something Kap has yet to learn.

  51. hawkman4life says: Nov 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    @hairdogg2000

    Before making comments that Seattle has had Zeto legends play in Seattle, you should first research the subject. Even Jerry Rice played for Seattle. Warren Moon, Kortez Kenbedy, Steve Largent, John Randall, Franco Harris to name a couple. Walter Jones is currently a semi-finalist. C’mon man!!

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