The Morning After: Fire Everyone
Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat agrees with most around here when he says it’s time for the 49ers to change offensive coordinators after a 31-10 defeat to Kansas City in Week 3. Cohn to 49ers coach Mike Singletary: “The pity of it, Mike, is you have more offensive talent than Kansas City. Anyone can see that. Vernon Davis is a mismatch against every defensive player he encounters. But Raye doesn’t know how to use him or any of your players. He’s color-blind in a Technicolor world. Replace him while you still have a job.”
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers were bad in too many areas to single out any one of them as decisive. Branch: “Singletary also said he would have to ‘look at the film’ on six occasions in the course of a seven-minute meeting with the media. In the locker room, (Alex) Smith, tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore also said they would have to ‘look at the film’ to see what went wrong.
Also from Branch: The 49ers’ play selection on offense invited criticism.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News thinks the 49ers are running into the limitations of their head coach. Kawakami: “You can only go so far in the NFL if your coach doesn’t really believe in gameplans or match-ups or schemes, and doesn’t know how to gameplan or scheme. You can only go so far if your coach fervently believes that willpower and muscle alone are the sole ingredients you need to win football games.”
More from Kawakami: Was this defeat the beginning of the end for Singletary?
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com: Singletary says he won’t change offensive coordinators this season. Maiocco: “The 49ers have managed just one touchdown in two embarrassing road defeats. Their touchdown Sunday came on the final play of the game when quarterback Alex Smith hit Josh Morgan on a 12-yard scoring pass. Morgan sustained a knee injury on the play, and Smith’s frustrations boiled to the surface after the window-dressing score. Smith said he was not reacting to anything in particular.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers postgame notes, including this observation: “Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree have a dangerous streak going — botched pass attempts that lead to costly interceptions.
Also from Barrows: The 49ers tried to run their way out of a 21-point hole. Barrows: “Even after falling behind by three touchdowns, the 49ers sent in fullback Moran Norris and tried to pound their way back in the game. Smith settled for short dump-offs and five-yard outs throughout the afternoon. His longest pass play was 41 yards. But even that was a short pass to Frank Gore in the waning moments, and Gore picked up the bulk of the yardage after the catch.”