Enter the Film Room: Denver Broncos vs San Francisco 49ers

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Players to exploit

Johnathan Martin and Joe Looney

Like I mentioned on a previous slide, both these players struggled against the Ravens. They have their weaknesses, and they are glaring. With how well the Broncos pass rush looked last week, they should look amazing when match-up against these two. They are the weak points on the offensive line. Put enough pressure on them, and the Broncos can break the whole line.

Kenneth Acker, Perish Cox and Chris Culliver

These three cornerbacks struggled against the Ravens. Part of their struggles came from playing soft coverage. However, the rare occasion the played hard on their man, they were easily lost with a quick double move. Their reaction time was far from par, recovery time not much better. Acker is the most exploitable of the three. Culliver and Cox at least have experience to draw on. Acker, the rookie, does not.

Blaine Gabbert

Entering the halftime break, an interview occurred with 49ers coach Harbaugh. In this interview he was asked about Gabbert. He had a hard time not saying Gabbert played awful. His passes were way off, even when he wasn’t under pressure. This is a rare case that the surface shows the whole story. Gabbert went 3 for 11 for 20 yards and an interception. He stares down his receivers, and has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long. If he is the second QB again, the Broncos defense should be licking their chops.

Chuck Jacobs

One thing a wide receiver need to be consistent with, Jacobs is not. His hands are not reliable. He was credited with only one drop from PFF, which is surprising. To my eye, his two targets that he didn’t catch, both looked like drops. One hit his hands and fell to the ground. The other was tipped by his hands and nearly picked off. I did some extra digging into Jacobs and found he has dropped passes left and right in practice. A few of which were tips that ended up being picked off.