Shortly after the Chiefs beat the 49ers 31-10, San Francisco fired their offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, one of Raye’s biggest issues was making adjustments to attack a team’s weakness such as Kansas City’s rookie safeties. The Chiefs, however, were in full attack mode in the second half.
When rookie NaVorro Bowman entered the game in the third quarter, Kansas City immediately attacked him. They connected on a long gain to Jamaal Charles with Bowman in coverage. On the same drive, Matt Cassel hit tight end Tony Moeaki for an 18-yard touchdown. It actually was perfect coverage by Bowman, but the point is that the Chiefs were aggressive in probing for weaknesses in the 49ers. On thee other side of the ball, the 49ers were not.
Todd Haley has touched on this a bit, but I think this is just another example of having an offensive coordinator up in the box being a huge benefit. Last year, maybe it takes a series or two for Haley to know that Bowman is in the game and they never hit Charles in the flat and then don’t send Moeaki on that post to the back of the end zone.