• Matt Woolsey

Adjustments the 49ers Need to Make to the Offense

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The last thing anyone would have thought coming into Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season was the 49ers would be 2-3.

And yet, here we are.

After the performance the 49ers had against both New York teams, I don’t think anyone suspected the 49ers would lose the next two games.

And yet, here we are.

When the 49ers were able to get Jimmy Garoppolo back under center with a healthy George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, and Brandon Aiyuk, I don’t think anyone expected them to be decimated by the Miami Dolphins.

And yet, here we are.

I think most people, including Yours Truly, thought the Miami game would be a get-right game on offense. I saw people predicting the 49ers would put up 40 points on the Dolphins. If someone told me prior to the game starting that Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn’t play the second half, I would have said, “Oh my God, how many points did they score in the first half?”

The 2020 campaign was supposed to be a revenge season, and here are the 49ers, sitting in probably the toughest division in the NFL under .500. If they are going to salvage any part of this season the offense has to dig down deep and find itself again. The offense needs to find that magic it had last season. Some of that magic was from keeping their quarterback upright. For a few weeks last season the offense was missing both of its starting tackles, something that would doom any team, no matter who was under center. And yet, the 49ers were able to weather that storm and still went 13-3. To say the offensive line has been terrible this season would be an understatement. It has nothing to do with the talent, but they are not a cohesive unit. They are not communicating properly, and we are seeing free rushers charge the quarterback.

The offense needs to give whoever is under center more time, if that means pulling in extra guys to help block, then so be it. The 49ers have amazing talent at the skill positions. If there needs to be extra blockers so they can run their routes and get open, then that is what needs to happen. Also, we need to see more George Kittle on passing downs. I know he cannot be the only one catching the ball, but he is by far the best at catching the ball and running after the catch. He needs the ball in his hands more. UNLEASH THE KRAKEN!!

As skillful as the skill players are, they also need to help their quarterback out. Over the past few games there have been some crucial drops that have killed drives. If the ball hits the hands it should be caught. Kyle Shanahan needs to get back to doing what he does best: scheming guys open. So many times, we have seen success because Shanahan was schemed his guys wide open. Shanahan needs to get back to what people have coined “Disrespectful Kyle,” or as I like to call him, “The Mad Scientist.”

If the 49ers can get back to what was working last season, maybe they can salvage this season while there is still time. It’s only Week 6 and they still have 11 more games left to play. Believe it or not 13-3 is mathematically still a possibility, but it starts with beating the Rams tonight.

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