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COHN: 'This is Greg Roman's offense' — such as it is

  • In one-third of their games this year, the 49ers have managed the following point totals: 13, 3, 13 and 13. (Associated Press photo)


I have a suspicion Jim Harbaugh will agree with what I'm about to write. I suspect Harbaugh believes Greg Roman is not good enough to be the 49ers' offensive coordinator.

I sure don't think he's good enough.

Harbaugh has stressed again and again, “This is Greg Roman's offense.”

When I first heard that simple declarative statement, I thought, “Gee, Harbaugh is praising the underling. That's nice of Harbaugh to give someone else credit.”

I've begun to embrace an alternate interpretation. Harbaugh is not praising Roman. He's assigning blame, assigning blame for four games in particular, games in which the 49ers scored, 13, 3, 13 and 13 points. Those are unacceptable totals in one-third of the games played to date.

“This is Greg Roman's offense.”

Such as it is.

You can call this column “Greg Roman”s Football Sins.”

He has committed so many sins, he's staring at football purgatory. Let's start with Sunday's heresy against the Rams. Let's talk about a few plays. I can't go over the entire game because of space considerations.

Like the play everyone's talking about — the sinful toss to Ted Ginn, which the Niners mangled, resulting in a Rams' touchdown. The 49ers were at their own 17-yard line on third-and-3 in the fourth quarter. It would have been prudent just to let Colin Kaepernick run the ball or just to throw a quick pass for three yards.

Roman decided to get fancy. He had Kaepernick toss a lateral to Ginn, the Niners' worst receiver, had Kaepernick toss the ball to the left side even though he's right-handed. You want to smack your head from sheer incomprehension. What was Roman thinking? Was he thinking?

You know what happened. You know how the play blew up and the ball got loose and the Rams recovered the ball and scored a cinch touchdown that tied the game.

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