Who's to blame for 49ers' offensive woes?


Who's to blame for 49ers' offensive woes?

There is a lot of blame to go around for the 49ers 21-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The defense came up with three takeaways, sure. But it also allowed Cardinals backup quarterback John Skelton to roll up 282 yards passing and three touchdowns. Safety Donte Whitner said the secondary lost the game.

RELATED: Box Score -- Arizona 21, 49ers 19

It was nice of him step up and show accountability. But this one was all about the 49ers offense.The 49ers converted just 3 of 17 third-down opportunities. Thats 18 percent, and thats not good. They got inside the Cardinals 20-yard line on three occasions and came away with three points every time.The 49ers had seven plays inside the Arizona 10-yard line in the second quarter. The results of those plays were:

--First and goal from 4: Quarterback Alex Smith incomplete to Braylon Edwards.
--Second and goal from 5: Running back Frank Gore run off right tackle for minus-1 yard.
--Third and goal from 5: Smith incomplete to Gore.
--Second and 3 from 6: Smith incomplete to Kyle Williams.
--Third and 3 from 6: Smith run around left end for minus-3 yards.
--First-and-goal from 4: Smith incomplete to Ted Ginn.
--Second-and-goal from 4: Smith incomplete to Ginn.In order for the 49ers to fix the problem, they have to figure out where things are going wrong.RELATED: 49ers vs. Cardinals -- play-by-play game log
Coach Jim Harbaugh is not going to divulge which area he believes deserves the blame today at his Monday press conference. So this is your opportunity to sound off.Which area is most at fault?--Coaching: Are offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Harbaugh best using the tools the 49ers have in the passing game. Neither Michael Crabtree nor Vernon Davis was the intended the target of any passes inside the 10-yard line. Edwards has battled injuries, but hes been a non-factor. Also, Frank Gore attempted just one run within the shadow of the goal line.--Smith. Hes the trigger man of the offense, so do you believe there were throws on which he didnt connect or throws he shouldve made?--Offensive line. Was the protection there for Smith? Were the holes there for Gore and the run game? Has the offensive line regressed, beginning with that game on Thanksgiving against the Ravens?--Receivers. Were Crabtree and Davis getting open or were they simply not winning their battles to get open off the line of scrimmage? And where was Edwards?

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.