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49ers legend says he’s shocked by the offensive problems

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Joe Staley isn’t shy about calling things the way he sees them when he looks at his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, now that he’s part of the Bay Area media.

And when he appeared on the KNBR 680 show “Papa and Lund,” starring Greg Papa and John Lund on Monday October 11, the NBC Bay Area analyst delved into the inconsistency of the team on the offensive in early 2021, stating, How shocked he is to see the drop in production from his last season with the team in 2019.

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“What shocked me is that one of the things was that stretch zone too, but all the play-action rollouts, that was one of our identities, the game,” said Staley. “And it wasn’t there at all. And it’s almost like they’re trying to find and include that new identity. When we had this great offensive year in 2019 it was of course our running game and everything that came out of it, but it was also the game design and the getting out of the pocket, and the stretching and how the moves were built on each other. “

Offensively, the 49ers reach an average of 368.2 yards per game and are therefore in 15th place overall.

The airstrike, however, had the most struggling, as it only covered 246.2 yards per game – making the Niners the worst passing offensive among the NFC West teams.

Granted, injuries behind the middle didn’t help as Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) and now Trey Lance (knee) struggle with injuries, the latter suffering a knee sprain during his first NFL start on Sunday October 10th in Arizona .

Lance left the 49ers fans encouraged, however, including putting together numbers that resembled Russell Wilson’s regular season NFL debut.

However, both quarterbacks also play behind an offensive line that gave up nine sacks during their 2-3 start. Garoppolo was hit the most at six sacks, while first-round player Lance has been sacked three times in the past two weeks against the Seattle Seahawks and Cardinals.

The ground attack didn’t kill many big wins either. According to ESPN, San Francisco has only produced two runs that exceeded 20 yards or more: a 21-yard hop by JaMycal Hasty and a 38-yard hop through the legs by Elijah Mitchell. That’s two long runs through 144 running games. The ground attack averages only 122.0 meters per game.

Then there are sales. The 49ers head into their farewell week with a -5 in sales – making them the third worst team in protecting football behind the Kansas City Chiefs (-7) and Jacksonville Jaguars (-10).

The 37-year-old Staley, who played in the Super Bowl team of the last 49ers in 2020, summarized why this offensive unit was only slowly gaining explosiveness from his eyes.

“At the moment we don’t find this consistency in running or passing games,” Staley told the radio hosts. “So it looks a bit disjointed at the moment, and it’s like individual pieces aren’t really building on each other.”

Does this mean that from the perspective of the six-time pro bowler, the crime is in an identity crisis?

“I think for the first five weeks of the season this team, especially the offensive, is really still looking for an identity they can always rely on,” said Staley.

“I think for the first five weeks of the season this team, especially the offensive, is really still looking for an identity they can always rely on,” said Staley.

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