How can a team that did not have any holding penalties in the first three games get called for so many penalties today? Justin Smiley and Jonas Jennings were the main culprits today but the whole offense is to blame for today's meltdown. It would not have mattered if Tom Brady was playing quarterback for the 49ers today because the play-calling once again was atrocious and the linemen did not give the quarterbacks enough protection.
Trent Dilfer, subbing for an injured Alex Smith, did the best he could under duress. Has Jim Hostler ever heard of a screen pass to the running back? Hey Mr. Hostler, just a thought. I don't think Hostler even attempted a reverse this week but the play would probably go for a ten-yard loss considering how good the Seahawks defense played or or how poorly the 49ers blocked. It is one thing to get called for so many holding and offsides penalties on the road with a loud crowd, but to make so many mental mistakes at home is unacceptable. Someone has to be accountable for the mistakes and the head coach is at the top of the list.
Mike Nolan clearly did not have his team ready to play this game as Mike Holmgren clearly outcoached him. This was sweet revenge for the Seahawks as they were swept by the 49ers last season. Julian Petersen had a huge game and was in the 49ers backfield almost as much as the running backs were. The 49ers Faithful cannot blame Alex Smith for this loss. This team's offense is anemic and it won't get any better next week when the Ravens come to down. Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and Ed Reed must be salivating at the thought of coming to the Bay Area next week after watching tape of this game. Maybe Smith should let his sore shoulder rest up for another week and come back after the bye week.
As for the 49ers defense, they did the best they could to try and keep the score respectable and held Seattle to field goals instead of touchdowns for the most part. Nate Clements had a nice interception but Derek Smith dropped what looked like an easy interception in the first half. Now you know why Smith leaves the field on passing downs besides the fact that he is not fast enough to cover anyone in space. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Matt Hasselback had more than enough time in the pocket to find his receivers.
While the Rams are in last place at 0-4, the Cardinals defeated the Steelers and are now 2-2 along with the 49ers. San Francisco may be in second place in the NFC West, but they could have easily been 0-4, as they luckily won the first two games at the end of the fourth quarter. With the Ravens coming up before the bye week, the 49ers Faithful better hold on because they are in for a bumpy ride.