When you’re watching the 49ers play the Falcons this Sunday in Atlanta, and the Niners take an early lead, and their offense looks terrific, and the Falcons look confused, and you say, “Gee, the Niners might win!” and then they blow their lead, and their offense looks terrible all of a sudden, and they end up losing by two touchdowns, you probably will ask yourself the following question:
Why does Chip Kelly’s offense work only in the first half?
Kelly amazingly let the answer slip this week at his Monday press conference. All season, he avoided this question. Throughout his franchise-record 12-game losing streak, reporters have asked him to explain why his offense looks potent in the first half and so utterly inept in the second. What is the pattern, Chip? Why does your offense gain an above-average 5.7 yards per play in the first half and a putrid 4.3 yards per play in the second? Can you give us any insight?
Until Monday, Kelly has offered zero insight. He simply repeated plays as if he was reading straight from the game book. On second-and-6, the right tackle committed a holding penalty. On third-and-16, the tight end dropped a pass. And so on and so on. As if there is no pattern. As if the second-half offense has been a victim of a series of unfortunate events. Right.
It’s obvious why Kelly filibusters: If he answers truthfully about his second-half offense, he would expose the reason the 49ers should fire him, and he doesn’t want to give anyone that ammunition. But on Monday, he did. By mistake.
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