49ers struggling on offense despite having 12 offensive coaches

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The 49ers managed only three points against the Seahawks on Thursday night from the 11 offensive players on the field.

And from the 12 offensive coaches off the field.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee takes a closer look at the unusually high number of coaches employed by Jim Harbaugh to run the side of the ball charged with gaining yards and scoring points.  There are 12 of them.

The analysis comes at a time when offensive coordinator Greg Roman has become the pin cushion for everything that ails the team, even though Harbaugh ultimately runs the show and hired Roman.

Harbaugh and his dozen helpers get a chance to score more than three points against the Raiders on Sunday, a game that caps a week that surely will entail plenty of chatter about Harbaugh possibly becoming the head coach in Oakland after the 2014 season ends.  With Oakland losing 52-0 in St. Louis on Sunday, Raiders fans surely will be giving a very warm welcome to the guy whose coaching career began with the Raiders.

55 responses to “49ers struggling on offense despite having 12 offensive coaches

  1. They could have 24 offensive coaches, as long as they allow kaepernick to be their qb they are destined for failure.

    Kaepernick and Wilson are one in the same, neither will ever be a high caliber qb and rely on the team to cover up their flaws

  2. Doesn’t matter how many offensive coaches they have on their staff. As long as their head coach is an idiot and their qb is just below average, they are destined for mediocrity on offense. Hire more coaches Harbaugh, the Hawks will continue to dominate your team.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  3. Who’s responsible for having twelve offensive coaches? Harbaugh? Baalke? Jed? Whoever it is, anyone and everyone can see that there’s too many. It’s too crowded. And it’s not working.

  4. Ultimately it has been Greg Roman who is responsible for changing the identity of the offense this season.

    Acquiring Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson made him want to abandon the run early on, though I will say the O-line (especially Jonathan Martin) has been abysmal. Now it has potentially cost us a trip to the post season.

    I’ll root for the Niners till the day I die but OC’s like Roman and owners like the Yorks make it hard at times. Onto Oakland

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  5. Congrats for posting some of the dumbest comments ever seen. Kaepernick was awesome when he arrived. A confident gunslinger who was virtually unstoppable. Enter Harbaugh and Roman, two dinosaurs when it comes to offense. They have demonstrated just how much incompetent offensive minds can screw up a great talent.

    Kaepernick still has the tools, he just needs a good mentor with a functioning brain. Good riddance to Harbaugh and Roman.

  6. This offense looked like crap when Alex Smith was the QB, who’s a smart, experienced veteran..and they replaced him with Kaepernick, when they believed Smith was holding the offense back. Kaepernick is as gifted as any QB to ever have played, and the offense still looks like crap.

    Pro bowl-caliber players at every position, and the offense looks worse than ever.. can’t run, can’t pass, can’t block.. that’s not all on Kaepernick. Considering the fact Greg Roman’s only prior offensive coordinating experience was at the high school level, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  7. Since the defense has just 6 coaches, I’m going to guess that 12 is too many. And for all you Kaepernick haters, this Niner fan agrees that he’s part of the problem. But with an offensive line rated second to last in pass protection and a receiving corps rated third in drops, he can’t be the entire problem.

  8. I don’t understand why people continue talking about Harbaugh going to Oakland. York may very well fire him after this season, but I don’t see him driving across the bridge to join one of the worst franchises in professional sports.

  9. Let Kap be Kap. We all know he’s not a pocket passer and sometimes being himself IS the problem. But can usually make some great plays when he’s free to choose. Untie his legs and let him go to work. Simple as that.

  10. As far as I know, most NFL teams are like this.

    I was checking out the Rams website the other day, and it listed something like 25 total coaches. Most regular coaches also had “assistant” coaches, e.g. “Linebackers Coach, and an Assistant Linebackers Caoch.”

    I thought it was absurd that the Rams would need an assistant linebackers coach when they only had 5 linebackers on the roster.

  11. Why are so many fans so willing to go down with the Kaepernick ship? Jim Harbaugh has absolutely nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick throwing the ball to Richard Sherman. The sooner everyone accepts that this kid is not a top level QB, the better for everyone in that town. And the whole “Great with a capital G” thing doesnt do anyone any good.

  12. I don’t think the coaches are getting the most out of the talent they have.

    Is Kaepernick taught to throw deep to a covered receiver instead of looking for others? If so, its on the coaches; if not, its on the coaches for not fixing it.

    Schematically it seems everything is based upon the receivers having to beat the coverage instead of having routes that result in at least one being open by design.

    Where is the running back swinging out of the backfield as an option if the downfield receivers haven’t been able to get loose.

    I don’t know the answers, it may have to do with lack of protection makes such options unavailable.

  13. Hire Harbaugh and Tom Gamble as GM.

    Was a big supporter of Reggie Mackenzie but he just not gonna cut it.

  14. So here was the chain of events with the 49ers:

    1. McDonald not suspended by the team after he was ACCUSED of a crime.

    2.The media did not approve of this

    3.Jay Glazer creates a false story that there are problems in the locker room between Harbaugh and the players because they are angry that they couldn’t get McDonald suspended.

    4.After watching any 49ers game, fans everywhere see that there is nothing but harmony on the sidelines between Harbaugh and his players.

    5.The media, now upset they haven’t been able to create a problem, start to dig for new ways to destory Habrs.

    6.This is leaked.

    How many assistants does every other team have? I’d be curious to see.

  15. You’re doing it wrong, Jim.

    Quality over quantity. 12 offensive coaches = 1 field goal against a divisional rival is bad business.

    Maybe he was inspired by Seattle’s 12th man, but mixed it up…he is a thinker that one after all.

  16. I’m amazed that Kaepernik has so many blind supporters. Every once in a while he makes a great throw to an open guy, or breaks off an incredible gallop down the field.

    But the majority of the time he’s checking it down, throwing a barely catchable off target throw, or passing it right to a wide open Richard Sherman.

  17. nflfolly says: Dec 1, 2014 10:04 AM

    Kapernick another Qb without the skills to read an defense.

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    Without the skills, or just doesn’t read it at all? While there are very successful QBs in the league that can shake out LBs and Safeties with there helmet/eyes…..Kpak is not one of them. You can see him going through his first 2 progressions then throwing where he is looking (Sherman in this case) or tucks and runs. No evidence at all that he is reading the defense’s play call or adjusting on the fly after the snap.

    Maybe they need to throw more coaches at the problem.

  18. nflfolly
    Dec 1, 2014, 7:04 AM PST

    Kapernick another Qb without the skills to read an defense.

    Well if you watch a niner game, than you’ll know that by the time the play gets called in and they line up, they always have to rush and barely get the play off. Kap never has enough time to read the defense and change the play. It’s bad coaching.

  19. Stop ragging on greg roman. Your quarterback sucks Santa Clara. Don’t blame others for your mess. I thought he could be the best ever according to jaworski? More like the best read option season ever.

  20. Simple solution – Trade Colin Kaepernick for a draft pick (2nd or third round). Next, keep Harbaugh for the next two years to have a chance to redeem himself if he can make a bigger improvement. If for whatever reason Harbaugh doesn’t live up to the expectations, then the team should explore any possibilities to trade the head coach for another draft pick to start the rebuilding phase of the franchise.

  21. savilo831 says:
    Dec 1, 2014 11:26 AM
    nflfolly
    Dec 1, 2014, 7:04 AM PST

    Kapernick another Qb without the skills to read an defense.

    Well if you watch a niner game, than you’ll know that by the time the play gets called in and they line up, they always have to rush and barely get the play off. Kap never has enough time to read the defense and change the play. It’s bad coaching.
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    No, we’re talking about how he can’t read the defense AFTER the snap.

    He doesn’t even know the coverage the defense is in, that’s pretty sad.

  22. Congrats for posting some of the dumbest comments ever seen. Kaepernick was awesome when he arrived. A confident gunslinger who was virtually unstoppable. Enter Harbaugh and Roman, two dinosaurs when it comes to offense. They have demonstrated just how much incompetent offensive minds can screw up a great talent.

    Kaepernick still has the tools, he just needs a good mentor with a functioning brain. Good riddance to Harbaugh and Roman.
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    Kaepernick has the skills/tools to run and that is about it. He can also throw a fastball. But just like in every other major league sports, you watch film and figure him out and develop a game plan for he can be stopped. His fastballs are now getting intercepted on the daily. He can’t run past a defensive lineman….One hit wonder. He was great coming out of nevada but after that one season where he took the 49ers to the Superbowl. GARBAGE

  23. Its fynny how people blame the currwnt QB when their offense was just as stagnant under the old one. In four seasons they have yet to figure out the mysteries of the play clock or how to score in the redzone.

    When year after year you hear opponents saying “we knew exactly what they were calling”, perhaps its time for some changes on the coaching staff.

  24. Nothing makes me happier than watching the 49ers go down in flames.

    And after Jim Harbaugh leaves, that organization is going to be in the wilderness for a long time.

    #EVERYBODYHASITBETTERTHANYOU!

  25. This article should be titled “Broth Spoiled despite 12 chefs all adding their own ingredients to the pot”

  26. Each of the coaches has a headset connected to one specific offensive player, and spends the entire game giving them real time updates on how they just screwed up and that nobody likes them. The extra coach is so they can double team Kaepernick.

  27. Vernon Davis has avg nearly 800 yards a season the past 5 or so years…this year barely at 200..he is MIA …for some reason the niners are not throwing the ball over the middle.

    As far as Harbaugh coaching the Raiders, I know that is the niners trying to leak the story….not a chance we trade for him…they will have to fire him, and Harbaugh will get his 6 million dollars when they do….then if he wants he can go to a team that has all of its picks that would only benefit him if they do.

  28. The #1 & #2 defenses were out there. Both QBs were under tremendous pressure all night.

    One QB adjusted and took what he could, often passing to the soft coverage area vacated by a blitzer. So he didn’t have a 300 yard game. He didn’t throw for 4 TDs. He didn’t even try. He just tried to move the chains and get what he could.

    And his team won.

    One QB sucked balls all night long and kept throwing into the teeth of the defense EVEN THOUGH THEY CONCEDED THE SHORT-GAME. He COULD have done what the other QB did. He COULD have ‘just moved the chains’ like the other QB did. He COULD have given his team a chance.

    But he’s too busy locking on to one receiver, throwing fastballs and trying to be Captain Deep Ball.

    So his team lost.

  29. Mangini couldn’t coach defense and heard they brought in Chris Palmer as consultant, hes got a great track record to….They were better off without all the voices…..

  30. Aw man, it must SUCK to be a Whiner fan. To sit there and watch Sherman punk your team over and over and over. He steals your Lombardi dreams, then flies down to your new house and slams that closing window shut, then enjoys a big ol’ turkey drumstick on your logo at midfield while talking smack about your lame fans that were gone by halftime. That’s really REALLY gotta sting.

    And like Andrew Dice Clay, all you can do is brag about your success in the 1980’s and try to act proud while people laugh at you.

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