Notes: So Much For A Guaranteed Victory
From Arrowhead Stadium
Last week, San Francisco TE Vernon Davis guaranteed a victory by the 49ers on their trip to Kansas City. After going 0-2, Davis was emboldened to chalk up the first winning performance of the season before it was played.
Davis couldn’t back up his words. Not only this Sunday, as the Chiefs battered the Niners 31-10 in a game where Davis and his teammates never had control and struggled to even keep the score as close as it was.
It left a 49ers team that was much ballyhooed at the start of the season at 0-3 and reeling.
“Something needs to be done,” Davis said. “We can’t keep losing. I’m here to support whatever decision that Coach Singletary makes.”
As far as Mike Singletary is concerned, he wasn’t committing to anything after the game.
“Obviously we did not execute on the either offense or defense,” the Niners head coach said. “Obviously we will have to get back and evaluate the film and make some decisions going forward … we are going to get back and look at the film and hold back on making any changes.”
That indicates there will be some changes contemplated. After the Niners performance, there probably should be. Given a difficult task of playing on the road after a Monday night game, Singletary’s team never seemed to show up. They came in with the reputation of being a big, nasty team and that attitude pretty much petered out after the first quarter.
“We’ve got ourselves in a little hole right now,” said MLB Patrick Willis. “It stings, it hurts right now, but we got a lot of football left.”
QB Alex Smith was very frustrated after the game, and made no bones about the sad performance of the San Francisco offense.
“We were pretty inept all the way around, throwing the ball, running the ball, protecting, penalties, it was all in there,” Smith said. “I don’t think you could point to anything. It was everything.
“We didn’t get it done. We didn’t show up.”
MOEAKI SNAGS A GOOD ONE
The throw looked like it might be long. Rookie TE Tony Moeaki had San Francisco LB Navarro Bowman on his hip, in what was pretty good coverage. The back of the end zone was coming up fast and Moeaki wasn’t sure he had enough room.
“It was a great throw,” Moeaki said of the 18-yard touchdown pass he caught from QB Matt Cassel.
It was a great throw. But it was a spectacular catch, as Moeaki threw up one hand, pulled the ball down and landed in the end zone for the Chiefs third touchdown of the day.
“He’s doing a great job for us,” said Cassel. “He’s a guy that consistently goes out there and works hard. You see him week in and week out for the last three weeks making plays. He just has to keep working hard.”
Moeaki finished the day with four catches for 44 yards. After three games he continues to lead the team in receiving, with 12 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
But nothing he’s caught matched the way he hauled in that touchdown throw.
“I wouldn’t know how to rate it,” Moeaki said. “I just stuck up my hand and it stuck. I’m just glad I got everything down in bounds.”
SPECIAL TEAMS REVIEW
The Chiefs had a fairly good day on special teams. The only big mistake came when they went for the surprise onsides kick. The executed the play, but S Eric Berry was ruled offsides, something he said after the game he probably was. That’s the type of play you get to execute about once a season, so it’s a shame to waste a play like that on a penalty.
K Ryan Succop was one of two on field goals, hitting from 32 yards and supposedly missing from 38 yards. That kick went over the right upright, but was ruled no good. Until then he had been 19 for 19 in his career inside the 40-yard line.
P Dustin Colquitt was strong, averaging 44.3 yards, both gross and net, on four punts. He had a long punt of 59 yards and he knocked three of his four punts inside the 20-yard line.
In the return game, the Chiefs were largely bottled up all day. CB Javier Arenas missed a few opportunities because of what appeared to be a right ankle injury. He was not on defense or special teams for awhile and then returned to the game with his right foot and ankle heavily taped. He had three punt returns for an average of 7.7 yards and one kick return for 19 yards. WR Dexter McCluster had three punt returns for an average of 14 yards, with a 30-yard return. He added one kickoff return for 17 yards.
Coverage-wise nothing got done for the Niners. WR Kyle Williams returned three kickoffs for an average of 21.7 yards, including a 30-yarder. He returned just one punt for zero yards.
Succop did send a directional kickoff out of bounds late in the third quarter that cost the Chiefs field position. On the kickoff prior to that, he had done a great job of booting the ball into the left corner of the end zone where it rolled out of bounds for a touchback. Overall his six kickoffs went onside, to the five, touchback, penalty out of bounds at the 30-yard line and to the five.
It was the crew of rookie referee Clete Blakeman working the game and they did not seem to get in the way much. There were no coaching challenges to calls, or challenges from the replay operator, so that’s one reason the game went just 3 hours and 1 minute.
They dropped seven hankies on the Chiefs for 40 yards. Here’s how they broke down:
- Offense – C Casey Wiegmann called for holding, wiping out a 23-yard run by Jamaal Charles.
- Kickoff – S Eric Berry called offsides, wiping out a recovered onside kick.
- Offense – WR Chris Chambers false start.
- Defense – LB Demorrio Williams offsides.
- Offense – TE Tony Moeaki false start.
- Offense – RT Barry Richardson false start.
- Defense – DE Glenn Dorsey offsides.
Everybody on the 45-man game-day roster except backup QB Brodie Croyle played in the game. Inactives were led by LDE Tyson Jackson, RT Ryan O’Callaghan, FB Mike Cox, CB Jackie Bates, S Reshard Langford, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole and DE Alex Magee.
Richardson got the start for O’Callaghan for the third straight week. Shaun Smith started at LDE for Jackson.
In the starting lineup for the Chiefs were Tony Moeaki at tight end, with just one TE on the field. Also, Kendrick Lewis started at free safety, although Jon McGraw was active and played quite a bit.
Inactive players for the 49ers were C Eric Heitmann, WR Ted Ginn, CB Tramine Brock, CB Will James, OT Barry Sims, OT Alex Boone, WR Jason Hill, and Troy Smith was the inactive third quarterback.