Breaking down the 49ers' breakdowns

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Breaking down the 49ers' breakdowns

Other than the brother vs. brother coaching matchup, the thing that distinguished the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the number of sacks allowed.The last time the 49ers were sacked nine times in a game was November of 1998 at the Green Bay Packers. Steve Young was the quarterback, and the offensive line consisted of Jamie Brown, Ray Brown, Chris Dalman, Kevin Gogan and Derrick Deese.Two months later when the clubs met again in the playoffs, Young was sacked twice at Candlestick Park and the 49ers defeated the Packers on Young's late touchdown pass to Terrell Owens.I still haven't had a chance to re-watch the entire game, but I wanted to take a look at each of the nine sacks allowed.Coach Jim Harbaugh said there was equal blame to go around for the sacks. He said three were a matter of the Ravens calling the right blitzes against the 49ers protection; three were results of a 49ers pass protector losing one-on-one; and a couple sacks could've been avoided if quarterback Alex Smith had gotten the ball out quicker.Again, these are only the nine sacks. I haven't watched the other quarterback pressures or the times Smith escaped sacks:1, First quarter (9:04), 3rd-and-3 from SF 36
Alex Smith in the shotgun. The Ravens come with a five-man rush with middle linebacker Jameel McClain blitzing up the middle. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs gets around left tackle Joe Staley just enough to force Smith to step up. McClain is one on one against right guard Adam Snyder. McClain gets past Snyder with a spin move to force Smith to flee the pocket toward the left sideline, where safety Tom Zbikowski runs him down and tackles him for a 1-yard loss. On a third-and-3, it should've been a quick-hitting play, but he did not determine there to be an open receiver. Smith first started to get out of the pocket 2.7 seconds after the snap. The penetration Snyder allowed to McClain blew up the play.2, First quarter (2:38), 3rd-and-4 from Balt 22
Smith in the shotgun. It's a four-man rush, but a fifth man is at the line of scrimmage eye-balling running back Frank Gore who remains in to block. The Ravens get immediate push up the middle. Haloti Ngata works center Jonathan Goodwin into a clump of bodies around left guard and then sheds him and moves into the pocket. Rookie defensive lineman Pernell McPhee helped blow up the play as he got past Adam Snyder and an off-balance Gore was blasted backward. About 2.5 seconds after the snap, Smith stepped up into Ngata's grasp for a 5-yard loss. The Ravens overpowered the 49ers' front on that one.3, Second quarter (12:47), 3rd-and-13 from SF 17
Smith in the shotgun. This time the Ravens thoroughly confused the 49ers with a seven-man front. The Ravens rushed four, but the 49ers had a difficult time identifying which four until it was too late. Backup right guard Chilo Rachal's attention was diverted by McPhee who lined up between center and right guard. Rachal is in the game after Snyder's hamstring injury. Cory Redding lined up over right tackle Anthony Davis. McPhee faked a rush and then backed into coverage. Davis was responsible for the outside rusher Paul Kruger, leaving Redding unblocked. Redding blew past Rachal, who was initially focused on blocking McPhee. And with Kruger and McClain coming off the right side, Gore's attention was on picking up the unblocked McClain. Gore did not realize until it was too late that Redding was unblocked, too. Chalk that one up to scheme, rather than one person getting physically beaten.4, Second quarter (8:42), 1st-and-10 from SF 24
Against a five-man rush, the pass protection was very good, giving Smith 3.8 seconds to get rid of the ball. Gore laid out blitzing linebacker Albert McClellan. Left tackle Joe Staley mirrored Redding 9 yards up the field, providing a good pocket for Smith. When Smith stepped up, Redding stepped up and dropped Smith for a 2-yard sack. Call that one a coverage sack.5, Third quarter (13:15), 2nd-and-11 from SF 32
Smith is in the shot gun. The Ravens have a four-man line with Redding lined up over right tackle Anthony Davis and Ngata over Rachal. Redding and Ngata work a stunt, and Rachal started off on Ngata and then picked up Redding. But Davis did not close the gap tight end between he and Rachal, allowing Ngata to push through Davis and get to Smith in about 2.5 seconds for a 6-yard sack. This play blew up with Davis not getting the switch.6, Third quarter (8:56), 2nd-and-8 from Balt 25
The Ravens come with another five-man rush, but pre-snap they again disguised which five men were rushing. Terrell Suggs just ran to the outside past the shove of Davis. And when Suggs got to Smith, three other Ravens were right there and could've gotten him, too. Put it this way, the only pass protectors who had their guys taken care of were Staley, who locked up Ngata, and running back Kendall Hunter, who stepped up to take on safety Bernard Pollard. That was a combination of scheme and getting beaten.7, Fourth quarter (13:35), 3rd-and-7 from SF 31
Smith in the shotgun. Ravens come with a five-man rush with cornerback Lardarius Webb coming off the 49ers' right side. It looked as if Davis didn't recognize Webb coming off that side and was helping inside. Other than Webb coming free off that side, the protection was acceptable. Smith felt Webb and slid to the right. Staley was blocking McPhee, who did not get off the line of scrimmage. Smith moved that way about 3.2 seconds after the snap. Webb and McPhee shared the 2-yard sack. Nobody got physically beaten, so we'll chalk that one up to scheme, too.8, Fourth quarter (8:12), 3rd-and-8 from SF 12
Smith in the shotgun. Davis blocking Suggs one-on-one, remained between his man and the quarterback but he kept giving ground to Suggs, who forced Smith to scramble to the left sideline. Smith pump-faked and began to throw, but he thought better of it with Suggs in pursuit. Suggs ran down Smith and sacked him 5 seconds after the snap. The ball popped free and out of bounds for a 3-yard loss. Davis did not hold firm enough against Suggs and Smith couldn't find anyone downfield once he escaped the pocket.9, Fourth quarter (3:05), 1st-and-10 from SF 31
Smith in the shotgun. Rachal pulls from right guard to try to pick up Kruger off the left side, where Gore is there, as well. That forces Smith to step up. Tight ends Delanie Walker and Vernon Davis remain in to block Suggs, who works Davis to the inside and grabs Smith about 3.1 seconds after the snap for a 7-yard loss. None of the pass-protectors got physically handled on this one. Bottom line is -- surprise! -- the 49ers did not execute. Smith completed three passes the entire game on third downs. He was sacked five times on third downs. Most of the Ravens' successful scheming was directed at the right side of the 49ers' line.

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks. 

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:

49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)