the 2011 season with Alex Smith at the helm and the 49er defense
dominating, a conservative offensive approach, run first and rely
heavily on the defense to keep the 49ers competitive. David Akers was
brought over from Philadelphia after a long stay with the Eagles
became a valuable asset for the 49er offense, often times bailing out
a struggling red zone attack and carrying the 49ers with every kick.
What changed in the 49er offense in 2012 had a lot to do with the
decline in efficiency by Akers, as kicks he was known to make began
to sail, and the clutch kicker from the previous season began to look
over the hill.
With more weight on the shoulders of Alex Smith and
the defense, the 49ers continued to struggle in the red zone, and
with Akers struggling he could no longer be relied on to bail Smith
out. The incredible foresight of Harbaugh and his coaching staff led
the 49ers to eventually call an audible, shake things up, and let the
offense excel a...