Here is the good and not so good from the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
- DC Robert Saleh. Held the top-scoring offense in the league to just 20 points. Didn’t stop Lamar Jackson from running, but still made the Ravens offense one-dimensional by shutting down their running backs and passing game. He outcoached Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. More on Shanahan below.
- SS Marcell Harris. Entered the game early in the third quarter and forced a fumble on his just his fourth play from scrimmage. Every time a starter gets injured this season, the 49ers seem to have a backup who’s just as good
- RB Raheem Mostert. Mostert was supposed to be the fourth running back on the depth chart this season. But, after injuries to Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Breida, and a month of ineffective play from Tevin Coleman, Mostert has become the 49ers’ No. 1 running back. He gained 146 yards on 19 carries, and should have ran the ball even more. He also scored a touchdown.
- WR Deebo Samuel. He had 61 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on just three touches. The 49ers have to give Samuel more touches. He is a weapon.
- FB Kyle Juszczyk. Blocked well for the first time since returning from a knee injury.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- RB Tevin Coleman. Gained only six yards on five carries. He has struggled since he scored four touchdowns against the Panthers last month. Is he hurt?
- K Robbie Gould. Missed his only field-goal attempt — a 51-yarder. Backup Chase McLaughlin might be a better kicker than Gould right now.
- TE George Kittle. Blocked very well, but caught only two passes. The Ravens made it their business to shut him down in the passing game and succeeded. Teams probably will follow their blueprint the rest of the season.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. People have questioned if Garoppolo can win a game on his own, but that’s not the right question. With such a great defense and running game, he doesn’t have to win games on his own — he merely has to not lose them. Against the Ravens, he helped lose the game. Committed a major mistake when he fumbled deep in his own territory. He made the same mistake during the 49ers’ loss to the Seahawks. Two hands on the ball, Jimmy.
- HC Kyle Shanahan. Mismanaged the clock at the end of the first half. Ran off 40 seconds between plays and didn’t get his offense enough time to drive down the field for anything shorter than a 51-yard field goal. Will Shanahan improve his game management and become a great coach like Sean Payton? Or will Shanahan continue to mismanage big, close games like Andy Reid usually does? Time will tell.
Check out my post-game Periscope as well:
49ers-Ravens postgame show. https://t.co/gWXaJGeOF7
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) December 1, 2019