The struggles continue for the San Francisco 49ers. Coming off a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers once again found themselves in the loss column losing to the division rival Arizona Cardinals 33-21. Deflated would be an understatement. However, as with every game, I broke down the game-film, into three categories; 3 good, 3 bad, and 3 ugly. So without further ado here is my analysis:
1. WR Jeremy Kerley
Analysis: Gabbert’s security blanket continues to put up big numbers in the passing game. This time Kerley topped the century mark for the second time in his career (1st since Oct. 20, 2012) hauling in 8 catches for 102 yards and 1 touchdown.
A slot wide receiver with the shiftiness to match, Kerley continues to be one of the few bright spots on the offensive side of the ball.
2. RB Carlos Hyde
Analysis: Despite not topping 100+ yards on the ground, Hyde continues to be the team’s rock at running back. A punishing and violent runner between the tackles, Hyde still managed to reach the end zone as he finished the game with 22 carries for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. Hyde did hurt his team with a selfish taunting penalty by flexing his guns in the “No flex zone,’ after recording a first-down in front of former 49ers CB Marcus Cooper.
3. CB Rashard Robinson
Analysis: The 49ers top rookie continues to play lights out, as Robinson held his own once again in his second consecutive start. Filling in for DB Jimmie Ward, Robinson would blanket receivers all game long on the outside as backup Cardinals QB Drew Stanton picked on CB Tramaine Brock instead.
Robinson did however make a ‘rookie mistake’ by being flagged for ‘running into the kicker’ which would later result in a touchdown.
1. Missed Tackles (10)
Analysis: Baby steps. After recording 12 missed tackles each in Week 2 and 3 and then a season-high 17 in Week 4, the 49ers did a better job against the Arizona Cardinals. However, missed tackles are missed tackles and despite having a season-low of 10, it’s still not good enough. Below is a breakdown of the players who whiffed on Cardinals ball-carriers:
TE Kyle Nelson
DE Quinton Dial
ILB Nick Bellore (4)
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Aaron Lynch
CB Tramaine Brock
SS Jaquiski Tartt
2. TE Garrett Celek
Play: 1st Quarter/7:31/3rd & 4 @SF 41 yard-line
Formation: 11 personnel
Analysis: Celek was not fundamentally sound when he dropped an easy catch off a shallow crossing dig-route. A routine catch that would’ve easily resulted in a first-down (Celek was passed the sticks), the 49ers found themselves once again in punt-formation. Celek would drop yet another ball on the team’s last drive going across the middle.
Analysis: A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage and an ill-advised throw downfield resulted in two interceptions by 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert. Combine that with a costly fumble to jump-start the second-half by CB Chris Davis and you have a recipe for disaster.
1. CB Tramaine Brock
Analysis: There’s a reason why Stanton picked on T-Brock throughout the game resulting in a poor outing by the Belhaven product. One would think that Stanton would pick on Robinson (rookie) but T-Brock was an easy target and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald benefited by scorching No. 26 for two touchdowns.
T-Brock continues to give up big plays every week, which is why a change must be made once DB Jimmie Ward returns from his quad injury.
2. 49ers Rush Defense
Analysis: The 49ers continue to suck in the run game allowing Cardinals RB David Johnson to run wild for 157 yards on only 27 carries. The bruising Northern Iowa running back would also go on to score two touchdowns- the 49ers simply had no answers which is why they rank No. 32 (dead last) in the NFL.
3. 49ers Offensive Line
Analysis: The 49ers offensive line was awful- giving up 7 sacks on the night! AWFUL!