Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley broke down the San Francisco 49ers offense on Wednesday. Overall, Haley seems to like their offense including Alex Smith's mobility and everything about Frank Gore. He and the Arizona Cardinals saw Frank Gore twice a year.
Quarterback: "I think he (Alex Smith) is mobile, he runs fast, he can throw on the run, he can throw outside the pocket and he can run for yards."
This is his sixth year in the league since he the 49ers made him the No. 1 overall pick. It seems that Haley is most worried about his mobility.
Running back: "This running back, in my opinion, Frank Gore, is one of the true top running backs in the league. We had the misfortune to have to see him a bunch out in Arizona a couple times a year and he’s a heck of a football player. He can hurt you as a runner, breaks a ton of tackles, he’s a strong runner, physical runner and yet also catches the ball very well and as I said, everyone of these guys, run after catch is an issue that we will have to do a very good job of in this game to be in a position to compete with these guys."
As we discussed, shutting down Frank Gore will be the biggest key for the Chiefs.
Offensive line: "This offensive line is big and physical."
It includes a pair of 2010 first round picks in Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati as well as another first round pick, Joe Staley.
Receivers: "They’ve got three receivers, wide receivers including Crabtree and Morgan that can hurt you in a number of different ways – they can both run vertically, catch the ball in traffic and run after catch, which is the theme all these guys that catch the football, receivers, tight ends and backs included."
Michael Crabtree is the real star in this group. Curiously, he has yet to file a 100-yard game.
Tight ends: "I think they’ve got one of the best tight end duos in the league, from what I’ve seen in Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker that can really run and can really stretch the field and create some matchup issues as we saw the other night."
Vernon Davis started to put up Tony Gonzalez-esque numbers last year. Eric Berry will have his hands full once again.