Inconsistent, underachieving, and confusing. Those are three words that I would describe the San Francisco 49ers (4-4) offense this season. A team that is clearly not living up to expectations, it has been the offense that continues to disappoint. From struggling in the red zone to losing their identity as a smash-mouth offense, the 49ers are clearly not the same team that went to three consecutive NFC Championship games. Now, with the 49ers plummeting to third place in the NFC West, where do the 49ers go from here? While this is a team sport, I believe that OC Greg Roman needs to get back to what they do best, run the football.
Last night, RB Frank Gore voiced his displeasure with the offense saying in his post-game interview, “We just got to make our mind up and do what we feel we good at and just go do it.” And while Gore does believe in his offensive coordinator to get the job done there are others who were less optimistic, especially All-Pro T Joe Staley. “We got all the talent in the world…dumb blocks, dumb technique, dumb scheme.” Dumb scheme? Sounds like a direct hit to the coaching staff if you ask me, and who can blame him?
The Rams ranked No. 29 against the run as they allow an average of 136.3 yards on the ground. And with Gore only getting 14 carries yesterday, one has to wonder what Roman was thinking up in the press box. Not to mention, he neglected to run the ball from inside the five-yard line on the last drive, the 49ers cultural identity that took them to the promise land just two seasons ago is now seemingly non-existent. So I beg the question, should Roman be fired?
This debate has been swirling around the Bay Area dating back to the final Super Bowl drive in which Gore was not given the rock to score in the closing seconds. A team that took pride in imposing their will down in the trenches, Roman instead relied on QB Colin Kaepernick to get the job done. And we all know how that turned out as 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was held. Look, everything is in hindsight, but the fact that Gore has not been able to get the touches when matched up against the fourth worst run defense is mind-boggling. No excuses. And with the 49ers offensive identity seemingly changing from week-to-week one has to wonder, why? Did the 49ers lose all faith in the run game?
Through eight games this season, Gore has rushed 20 times or more just once (Philadelphia Eagles). To put that number in perspective, Gore done that seven times in (2011), five times in (2012), and six times in (2013). After the game you could see Gore’s disappointment. He was clearly frustrated as all he wants to do is win football games, and one way in accomplishing that is feeding him the rock.
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco asked Jim Harbaugh at today’s press conference if he was satisfied with his offensive coordinator and Harbaugh said, “Yes.”
What do you think Forever Faithful? Is Roman getting the job done?