Monday, October 1, 2012
Around the NFC West: 49ers trump Ryan
By Mike Sando
Coaches do not get to block and tackle one another. The satisfaction they get comes from outwitting the opponent.
There had to be some satisfaction for the San Francisco 49ers' staff after they used Colin Kaepernick to upstage the New York Jets' Tim Tebow during a 34-0 victory Sunday.
Monte Poole of Bay Area News Group took note. Poole: "San Francisco's performance was, like Jim Harbaugh, visibly flawed yet coldly proficient and utterly remorseless. Rex Ryan, once defined by his bluster, took his turn receiving the blunt end of the lesson so many other coaches -- Pete Carroll and Jim Schwartz in particular -- have learned. That Harbaugh coaches as he pleases, without regard to their feelings or outside perception. Before a sellout crowd (79,088) at MetLife Stadium, Harbaugh practically snatched the Jets' script from Ryan's hand and used it to whack the coach upside the head."
Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat punctuates an interesting take on the matter with these thoughts: "Although those trick plays worked and were fun to see -- there also were two end-arounds -- trick plays are not the basis of an offense. They are the jokers in a deck of cards, not the aces or kings or queens. Sure, you would like to see Jim Harbaugh use Kaepernick more. But you’d really like to see Alex Smith not have to come out on third down. I bring this stuff up as things to ponder, not as a criticism. For now, what the 49ers did to the Jets was more like it. It sure was." Noted: The 49ers could do what they wanted to do offensively because their defense shut down the Jets in every manner. Arizona and Seattle have recently challenged the 49ers' status as having the best defense in the division. The 49ers had the best one Sunday.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com posts playing time for every 49ers player. Randy Moss and Kyle Williams each played 22 snaps, 10 fewer than Mario Manningham played. Michael Crabtree played 40 snaps.
Also from Maiocco: Smith's thoughts on Kaepernick's contributions. Also: "Nine different runners combined for 245 rushing yards for the 49ers. Leading rusher Frank Gore had a rough time finding room to run, though. He had 62 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushing attempts. Backup Kendall Hunter had a good day with 56 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee revisits comments Jets coach Rex Ryan made about Kaepernick after the 49ers' quarterback had a 78-yard touchdown run during preseason. Barrows: "That week Ryan revealed to the New York media that the the Jets were interested in Kaepernick for his running ability during the 2011 draft but that the 49ers got him -- with the 36th overall pick -- before the Jets could pounce."
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along a couple defensive stats. The 49ers allowed only nine first downs and 145 yards to the Jets.