San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula spoke Friday about his teams last-ranked league offense, and said there’s plenty of blame to go around, but there’s no excuse for the unit’s play under any circumstance.
Just a day before, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst pointed to certain absence’s, including being plagued by injuries — the 49ers have had to use 19 different players this season to catch passes. Specifically, Chryst cited the loss of running back Carlos Hyde, who has missed the majority of the season due to a stress fracture in his foot. During the season opener, Hyde rushed for 168 yards on 26 touches.
Tomsula reiterated his opinion, saying there’s no excuse for the poor offensive play, regardless of the missing pieces. The 49ers don’t just pace the bottom of the table in yards per game, but have also produced a league-low 14.5 points per game.
“There’s a long list of excuses we can grab, OK?” Tomsula said. “We could make those reasons. We can validate. And I can do all of those things. And I’m not going to, and we’re not going to. We’ve had struggles on offense. We’ve seen some things improve on offense. We’ve seen individuals improve. It’s not consistent enough. Too much up and down.”
With all of these facts taken into consideration, you would have to speculate that Chryst is in the hot seat, his future with the team could be in limbo. But how does Tomsula feel about the job his coordinator has done this season?
“I think Geep does a nice job,” Tomsula said. “I think Geep does a good job.”
The one hallmark of Chryst’s efforts this season, could be in the job he’s done with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who seems to have at least for a time, resurrected a sleeping San Francisco offense. Since taking over the starting duties, Gabbert has a record of 2-3.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday, he was seen on the field during the start of the session, and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Bengals. He’s hoping to keep his streak alive, where he has played the third-most consecutive games in the league at his position. He has not missed a game since entering the NFL in 2011.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said when asked about the streak. “I take a lot of pride in being available, which is half the battle in the NFL.”
He’s been absent from practice due to back spasms. Tomsula said he’s optimistic about Smith’s return, and the team will wait to see how his body responds to the practice session from Friday on Saturday before making a decision about his status for the game.
In other injury news, guard Alex Boone and linebacker Michael Wilhoite will not play Sunday. Boone is out for the remainder of the season due to a fractured MCL, and Wilhoite is suffering from an ankle injury. Marcus Martin will start in place of the injured Boone, and Daniel Kilgore is anticipated to get the start at center.
On the concussion front, linebacker Aaron Lynch remains listed as questionable. He missed last week’s game due to a concussion he sustained against the Bears two weeks ago. He did participate in a limited capacity this week on the practice field. Tight end Vance McDonald, who also missed last week’s game due to a concussion, has received full clearance to play in Sunday’s game.
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