SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers destroyed the Chicago Bears 32-7 Monday night. Here are the grades for the 49ers coaches.
Coaching: A. The entire world expected the 49ers offense to come out running against the Bears. After all, the 49ers are a running team and they were playing their backup quarterback. They’d be nuts to come out passing.
But passing was exactly the game plan Greg Roman drew up.
He started the game with two tight ends, two running backs and one wide receiver – a running formation. The Bears responded by putting nine defenders in the box. Roman expected this. He called two play action passes in the first three plays. The first one went to Mario Manningham for 8 yards. The second one went to Vernon Davis for 22 yards. Brilliant. This was Roman’s best coaching job of the season. Maybe that is because he had Colin Kaepernick and was not limited by Alex Smith
On the defensive side, Vic Fangio was able to create pressure for the first time in a few weeks. From the beginning of the game it was clear the Bears offensive line could not figure out the 49ers defensive line. Fangio had Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks rushing from all different spots on the line. Brilliant.