Considering that their offense was only able to gain 151 total net yards and score nine points in a 10-9 loss, the San Francisco 49ers showed their share of significant issues in Week 10 against Carolina Panthers. Among all the issues was that some of the play-calling left many scratching their heads.
Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 11, one of the things that the 49ers must do if they expect go to into the Superdome and come out with a win like they did last season is that to get more creative with their play-calling on offense.
So what are the changes that the 49ers need to make? First and foremost, the 49ers must do a better job of keeping things simple. The verbage of certain plays needs to be reduced or minimized, especially considering that the Superdome gets loud. Doing this will help Colin Kaepernick be able to not overthink what the Saints’ defense is showing in terms of the defensive alignment.
In addition to that, the 49ers must dial up plays such as roll outs, bootlegs, screen passes to the running backs, and bubble screens to the wide receivers in order to help Kaepernick and the offense get into some rhythm with regards to the passing game, something that was not there in the game against the Panthers.
Offensive coordinator Vic Fangio should consider pulling out a “trick” play like a flea flicker to help hit on a big play and help the receivers get a chance to separate from the opposition secondary. Whatever the adjustments are that needs to be name, it is clear the 49ers’ offensive play-calling needs to get creative.