Here are some questions I’ve answered through Twitter after asking followers earlier on Monday morning:
From @jshed79: Where does the Red Zone defense rank? [It feels like they give up a TD every time someone gets inside the 20.
The 49ers are currently ranked 27th in red zone defense as they’ve allowed 11 touchdowns on 15 attempts. Their percentage of touchdowns allowed is 73% after four games into the season. Unfortunately the 49ers have been able to crumble once the red zone hits, but if we take the games against the Packers and Colts as a whole, a lot of the touchdowns came late in the game when the opposition is either catching up or taking advantage of a tired defense.
Defensively they weren’t as bad against the Seahawks, but like the Colts loss, the offense was not able to muster any kind of flow throughout the game.
In week 3, the Colts ended up converting three out of four red zone trips into touchdowns due to the opponents controlling the time of possession. Last week’s red zone defense is deceiving because the Rams only had one trip to the red zone which was in garbage time. It ended up being a meaningless touchdown to Lance Kendricks followed by a two point conversion. If the offense able to move the ball, the defense won’t allow teams in the red zone, which should prevent points in later games.
From @Jaythunda419: Is it safe to say we [shouldn’t] run the pistol anymore? It appears that our success is in the I-formation. #ThinkingOfTheMasterPlan
I think the 49ers will still implement the pistol as the season goes on. Obviously we learned from the Rams victory that they should use the I-formation first and pistol second. Sometimes it feels as if Greg Roman and the offensive coaching staff likes to go with what Colin Kaepernick is comfortable with, which was his dependence on the pistol in college while at Nevada.
It is true the NFL game has evolved that other teams are using the pistol because of the extra vision the quarterback will get in contrast to being under center. However, I agree that Kaepernick should be in a traditional formation rather than being in a pistol despite the flexibility that it gives the quarterback. Frank Gore is obviously a downhill runner and the blocking scheme partially changes while in the pistol.
Every game plan is different depending on the opponent and the 49ers beat the Rams in the trenches last Thursday. It will depend on the future opponent the 49ers face, but from what we have seen, it’s clear where the success on offense was from last week.
From @Seth_Sacket: How many snaps do [you] think Jon Baldwin gets this Sunday against the #Texans? #49ers
Jon Baldwin was on the field for 16 snaps in his 49ers debut on Thursday. I would guarantee that he will have at least 20 snaps on Sunday night. His workload should increase with the recent fractured foot injury to Quinton Patton. With the exception of Week 1, Kyle Williams hasn’t been as effective as the 49ers have hoped as the No. 2 receiver and Marlon Moore was also unable to get open. There should be an increase of playing time for Baldwin, but don’t expect a major hike with Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin taking most of the snaps.