San Francisco 49ers – The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the much anticipated “Har-Bowl,” and the loss should be pinned on the Niners’ offensive coaching staff and its failure to adapt to the Ravens’ defensive scheme.
In case you haven’t heard, the Ray Lewis-less Ravens defense compiled nine quarterback sacks on Alex Smith.
And no, that was not a typo.
You can pin maybe two or three on Alex Smith for holding on to the ball too long, but the offensive line looked as bad as it has since, well, maybe ever.
Towards the beginning of the game, the Ravens’ defense was disguising its blitzes to perfection, which confused Smith and the offensive line. They would overload defenders on the left side, then bring the house from the right, or vice versa.
This blitzing scheme left Smith on his back and the offensive line’s heads spinning throughout the game.
The Ravens’ ability to bring the blitz and force Smith into pressure situations is what single-handedly won the game for the Ravens, and it makes you wonder why the 49ers’ coaches, Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman–the 49ers’ offensive coordinator–did not try to adjust the offensive game plan.
The running game was not working. The Ravens’ front seven did an excellent job in shutting down Gore and impeding him from getting anything going all night.
So the 49ers decided to move to the passing game, and rightly so, but it’s how the passing game was executed that eventually prevented the 49ers from scoring a touchdown.