San Francisco has had a terrible time throwing the ball this year. The 49ers rank 32nd – also known as dead last – in the NFL in total passing yards and passing yards per game.
Chalk a lot of that up to having one wide receiver – Anquan Boldin – most of the year and a tight end, Vernon Davis, as essentially the only targets for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Also chalk that up to Kaepernick not performing at the level fans grew accustomed to towards the end of 2012 and some shoddy play calling at times from offensive coordinator Greg Roman and company.
Roman accounted for the poor passing game as a total team doing, including himself.
“I think every quarterback in the league is going to have days where their stats aren’t great,” Roman said, according to Taylor Price at 49ers.com. “I think it’s important to remember though that it’s not just a quarterback. It’s 11 guys on the field. It’s also bringing forth a great plan and that’s something that in those occasions, I need to do a better job of.
“I think ‘Kap’ understands that’s how the quarterback is. He’s the lightning rod. But, we all have to do a better job around him to help him be successful.”
Roman and the team are working on the problem, and do they ever need to fix it. Last Sunday saw Kaepernick throw for just 91 yards and the team compile just 46 net passing yards in their 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Kap was also sacked 6 times, and pressured numerous other times in the defeat.
“I think it starts with me and I think any time we don’t have success, it definitely starts with me,” Roman said.
“We’ve got to get it fixed. And it’s something we’re working hard to do; guys are working hard to do. And I don’t think there’s any question, any time we fall short, I’m looking at myself first and foremost and got to get things fixed.”
Having a healthy Vernon Davis, the return of Mario Manningham and the eventual return of Michael Crabtree should certainly help.