The 49ers lost their 4th straight game 18-15 in overtime last Sunday but there seems to be progress on several fronts. The defense and offensive lines are improving and contain the three best emerging players on the team; Trent Brown (OT), Deforest Buckner (DT) and Solomon Thomas (DT). In addition the Niners have found a few diamonds in the rough including Trent Taylor (WR) who is making his presence felt on special teams as well as the receiving corp.
However there continues to be glaring weaknesses at quarterback and in the defensive backfield that is costing them wins. In addition the inability to score touchdowns can be partially attributed to the play calling of Kyle Shanahan in addition to the poor QB play of Brian Hoyer.
The Niners travel to Indianapolis this weekend to tackle a weak Colt squad which is their best chance to break through the win column in the first half of the season. Once again it matches up two teams that are struggling on offense. Another poor performance by Hoyer could spell the beginning of the end for him as the 49ers starting QB.
Hoyer has proven to be inaccurate as well as lacking any pocket presence. When under pressure Hoyer is a very ineffective passer and, moreover, he lacks the ability to use his legs to scramble out of pressure to pick up yards down field. As the losses pile up Shanahan and Lynch may eventually call on C. J. Beathard to see what he can do to improve the passing game and to score more TDs.