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Post Game Ramblings, 49ers Beat Rams 20-13 - By Bryan Hersh Sept 18 2006

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Ok folks, I’m going to try a different type of article than I normally write after the games. It will be slightly more to the point, with the hopes of me being able to turn out good information in a more timely manner. I appreciate your thoughts on the article style, and on the content.

The 49ers coaches did a very good job preparing for this game. Despite some key injuries and a potent Rams offense, the 49ers managed to neutralize the threat. Yes, some of it was improved play – particularly from some veteran additions to the club, but the coaches had a big hand in putting together a far better offensive and defensive scheme than I have seen in a while.

I felt that at a certain point in this game the 49ers veterans said enough of this $h!t, let’s win this game… and so Walt Harris, Antonio Bryant, Chad Williams and Bryant Young took the game to a different level. Alex Smith was not left stumbling behind – producing one of his best performances. Trent Dilfer also did his share keeping the team in check on the sidelines

Speaking of Alex Smith, this is exactly the type of football I was hoping from him this year. I didn’t know if I would get it or not, but Smith is making good decisions with the ball and proceeding through his reads quite well. Before you know it, he may even take command of this team.

The 49ers were inside the 5 and tried a fade route on third down to Antonio Bryant. I thought this was a bonehead call on third down because it only gave Smith one option. At least give him a roll out, so he can run it in, or a pass with a second option at receiver because Bryant was covered – Smith had no where to go with the ball.

The offensive line played well, especially considering the injuries. If they could give Smith 1 more second to throw the ball he’d be far less banged up (he was hit quite a few times after the throw, despite 0 sacks). They continue to do a good job in the run game, as does FB Chris Heatherington.

Frank Gore is a good tough runner, but he better learn to protect the rock. Gore also showed he can help in the blitz pick up. If he can stay healthy the 49ers will have a good thing going in their backfield.

The team had 6 sacks… yes SIX SACKS! What a differences a pass rush makes. Of course, I don’t think the team will be able to keep the heat on like it did this game all season – especially if the offense loses the time of possession battle by 10 minutes repeatedly. The 49ers have to learn to control the game. It’s great to see the quick attack ability, and down field plays, but if the 49ers want to learn to be a winner, it will involve controlling the game and sustaining drives.

The 49ers moved DT Anthony Adams to full back a number of times in this game, and while I like the idea once in a while, it’s a dead give a way as to what the team is going to do. It would be one thing if the team did anything other than run from this formation, but they don’t. And when they tried to mix it up by running outside, the Rams saw it coming a mile away.

The team still has to learn not to beat itself. Holding penalties and turnovers as well as missed opportunities in the redzone are what I’m reffering too… And anyone else think a fake FG on fourth and 1 from the Rams 27 would have made for a good call?

Manny Lawson made his presence felt with two sacks. But Vernon Davis dropped a touchdown pass. The battle for the “best number 1 pick” has a draw in round 1, and Davis down in round 2. Hopefully both these guys will be able to become impact players for the team this season.

 
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