The San Francisco 49ers will have to make some serious improvements and adjustments if they hope to win the NFC West division, let alone the Super Bowl. Given the excessive penalties, missed opportunities, turnovers and flat-out poor play in their loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the team needs to be more disciplined and work on execution when on the road.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh is going to have to lay the hammer down this week because they have a solid Indianapolis Colts team to face at Candlestick Park — a team who last year made the playoffs with a Wild Card spot.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had three interceptions during the game, two of which were just ill-advised throws. One ball was tipped near the end zone, the second was as if Kaepernick intentionally wanted a Seahawk to catch it, and the last one was under thrown when tight end Vernon Davis was in tight man coverage against cornerback Richard Sherman.
His performance was a reminder that Kaepernick still has growing to do as a quarterback, leader and decision-maker.
The wide receivers need to work on getting separation from defenders when they are being pressed. Seattle played them so tight that Anquan Boldin went from 208 receiving yards in Week 1 to only seven yards in Week 2.
Both the offensive and defensive lines can no longer get out-muscled by opponents if they hope to win games this season. Seattle’s runners ran all over the field on a defensive line who was thought to be more than stout. Frank Gore could barely get to the offensive line as he was rendered very ineffective, just like the rest of the team on Sunday night.