49ers offense looks to get on track
That’s what the running back regularly reminds his San Francisco
“We’re getting better,” Gore said Wednesday. “Like I keep telling my guys, ‘We’ve got to get positive yards every time we run the ball.”‘
Sounds simple enough, yet the
“We will,” Gore said. “As long as we do our job and everybody’s on the same page, we’re going to be a good offense.”
It hasn’t helped San Francisco’s cause that the offensive line has changed so much. Right tackle
“We’re not down at all,” said tight end
While San Francisco has had success in the spread offense the past two weeks, Singletary isn’t ready to make it his primary attack and put that kind of pressure on quarterback
San Francisco has lost three straight and is taking some heat about its offensive plan. Singletary is still focused on running the ball, but also wants more balance – and Smith has shown he can effectively throw the ball. The
Raye is the team’s seventh offensive coordinator in as many years, and Singletary insists it will still take time for him to get accustomed to just what he can expect from his players in various situations over the course of a game.
“I 150 percent back what he’s doing, absolutely,” Singletary said. “There’s not one iota that I’m wavering here or there, whatever. Jimmy knows there are some things going forward that he has to learn about our players, what they can and cannot do.”
The team passed on 36 of its 54 offensive plays against the
San Francisco finished with 113 rushing yards, better than the 59 it gained against Houston.
“When you’re lopsided either way, I think it makes it easier on (the defense),” Smith said.
Singletary certainly believes in his personnel, with Smith, Gore and Davis leading the way – and top draft pick Crabtree making strides each week after missing 71 days during his contract impasse that ended Oct. 7.
Singletary never said a turnaround would happen overnight. He points to small improvements each game and finds plenty of encouraging signs.
Smith is “ahead of schedule” according to Singletary, and the coaches will keep adding to his offensive load as he gains more experience.
Smith isn’t picky about running or throwing the ball.
“Winning,” he said when asked what he favors. “Whatever it is, whether it’s Frank running for a bunch of yards, or us throwing for a bunch of yards or both. In the end, that is what is going to change things around here.”
Smith’s teammates have all the faith in him he can get this offense going and get the
“Right now we’re doing everything we can to get our playmakers the ball,” Davis said. “We’ve just got to take advantage of it.”