Run over the rookie: Iupati leads improved line

Frank Gore said it twice. Maybe it was “60 Power.” Maybe it was “60 Counter.” Maybe it was both. After endlessly rewinding my tape recorder, I still don’t know. But the name of the play – or plays – isn’t the primary point. Gore’s point was this: They Niners repeatedly ran Monday night directly over rookie left guard Mike Iuapti and the first-round pick repeatedly resembled an earthmover. “The (offensive…

September 21, 2010

Anyone have an adhesive for Niners’ O-line?

Bits and pieces from today’s Mike Singletary press conference and locker-room meanderings: • RG Chilo Rachal appeared on the injury report as doubtful due to the shoulder stinger he suffered against Seattle. Singletary said Barry Sims or Adam Snyder would start if Rachal can’t play. Snyder, in his sixth season, has started 54 games for the Niners at every position along the line besides center, including five at right guard….

September 18, 2010

Niners tried to go deep, line wouldn’t let them

After watching Sunday’s game it was fair to wonder if the Niners had any deep passes in their playbook. Of Alex Smith’s 45 pass attempts, 38 were described as “short,” on the official play-by-play. The good news? The 49ers wanted to chuck more balls downfield. The bad news? Their leaky offensive line didn’t let them.

September 17, 2010