49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Third-down struggles


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Third-down struggles

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

The 49ers destroyed the New York Jets 34-0 on Sunday, but the offense certainly was not perfect.As was the case a year ago, the 49ers struggled on third downs, converting just one of their first six opportunities, and 4 of 12 overall. That's 33 percent. And that matches the 49ers' conversion rate through the first four games. They rank 23rd in the NFL.
Here's a breakdown of each of their third downs:--First quarter, third and 5 from SF 39 (0-for-1): On the opening drive, quarterback Alex Smith's pass was on target to Michael Crabtree on a slant pattern. The ball glanced off Crabtree's hands. It was difficult to tell if cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who undercut the route, deflected the ball just before it arrived to Crabtree.--First quarter, third and 7 from NYJ 45 (0-for-2): It was a third-and-long situation after Colin Kaepernick threw incomplete to Randy Moss on first down and Frank Gore gained 3 yards on second down. On this play, Smith threw long, out of Mario Manningham's reach 25 yards down the left sideline. Manningham immediately complained to officials that cornerback Kyle Wilson held him. Wilson appeared to impede Manningham by grabbing his hand in the middle of the route.--Second quarter, third and 6 from NYJ 7 (1-for-3): With Kaepernick at quarterback, he got good blocking as he ran a sweep around the left side into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead.--Second quarter, third and 13 from NYJ 32 (1-for-4): The Jets rushed five men, and Smith did not pull the trigger to anyone underneath. When he spun away from a defender, he had the ball in his left arm as he scrambled to his left. Outside linebacker Calvin Pace quickly tracked him down for a 5-yard loss. Smith took back-to-back sacks, losing 9 yards, and David Akers missed a 55-yard field goal.--Second quarter, third and 8 from SF 25 (1-for-5): Crabtree avoided the jam from Wilson and had a couple steps on him down the left sideline. Smith badly overthrew Crabtree by a yard or two.--Third quarter, third and 3 from NYJ 22 (1-for-6): Smith's pass might have come out a little early, and it hit Delanie Walker in the face mask. Walker could not hold on. If he caught it cleanly, Walker should've been able to make it for the first down before Wilson got there for the tackle.--Third quarter, third and 4 from SF 46 (2-for-7): Given two choices for play calls, Smith stayed with the first option, giving the ball to Hunter on an inside handoff. The blocking up front, especially from right guard Alex Boone, was outstanding and Hunter gained 8 yards.
--Third quarter, third and 13 from NYJ 49 (2-for-8): Manningham did a stutter move on Wilson and slowed down as he looked back. He gained separation as he sped up down the left sideline with the ball in the air. Smith's pass was thrown to a spot, and it was very catchable. But Manningham tried to make a one-handed catch instead of attempting to get both hands on the ball. The ball hit Manningh's right hand and fell incomplete. Immediately, Manningham looked back at the official behind him as if to see if an illegal contact call had been made. No flag was thrown.--Third quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 2 (2-for-9): Using Will Tukuafu in the backfield, Frank Gore was stopped for no gain over the left side. The 49ers went for it on fourth down and scored for a 17-0 lead.--Fourth quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 33 (3-of-10): With the 49ers' jumbo package in the game, Gore went through a hole Daniel Kilgore opened with a takedown block on Calvin Pace to pick up 2 yards and a first down.--Fourth quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 22 (3-of-11): Cromartie timed it perfectly to break up Smith's quick slant throw to Crabtree on the right side of the 49ers' formation.--Fourth quarter, third and 2 from NYJ 2: This does not count in the stats, but it was a third-down conversion nonetheless. Jets linebacker Bart Scott was called for defensive holding against intended target, fullback Tukuafu, to give the 49ers a first down at the 1-yard line.MAIOCCO: Smith applauds Kaepernick's contributions in 34-0 win--Fourth quarter, third and 4 from NYJ 33 (4-of-12: On a designed run, Kaepernick took the snap under center and made a sprint around the right side for a 30-yard gain and slid at the 3-yard line rather than score another touchdown in the closing minutes.
49ers offensive review: Quarterbacks

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only two quarterbacks currently on the 49ers' roster.

Is Hoyer operating as if he will be the starter in 2017?

"Yeah for sure. I think that's what I was brought in to do at this point," Hoyer said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "And the thing that I've learned in this profession, and really in life, is not worry about things you can't control. I can't control who they draft with the second pick tomorrow and I'm not gonna live my life worrying about it."

The 49ers own the second overall pick in the draft and are reportedly strongly considering taking a QB with that selection.

Even if they do, it doesn't mean that player will start from Day 1.

Hoyer worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season -- he started a career-high 13 games with the Browns and threw for a career-best 3,326 yards.

"I'm gonna go out there and do what I think my job is at this point," Hoyer added. "And I'm gonna do that as long as I can until they tell me it's not my job anymore."


Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”