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Colin Kaepernick: 49ers Offense Needs to Establish Rhythm in Preseason

Posted Aug 19, 2014

What's ailing the San Francisco 49ers offense in the preseason? Colin Kaepernick had a few thoughts on the subject.


Colin Kaepernick's foot is not bothering him anymore.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, however, would surely like to see more production from the offense in the 2014 preseason.

Through two weeks of action, the 49ers rank 31st in total plays from scrimmage (46) and offensive yards per game (187).

San Francisco also ranks 32nd in total points scored (3).

Kaepernick hasn't had a ton to do with the preseason statistics. He has, in fact, played in just three drives in two games. So with that in mind, Kaepernick's mindset for Sunday's preseason home matchup against the San Diego Chargers is to come out firing on all cylinders.

"Establish a rhythm," Kaepernick said on Tuesday. "I think that’s the biggest thing we need to do right now."

All three of the Kaepernick's drives have crossed into opponent territory, but none of them resulted in a touchdown.

"Missed a couple passes here and there," said Kaepernick, who has completed 6-of-10 pass attempts for 56 yards with a 75.4 quarterback rating in the preseason.

Despite the lack of offensive fireworks, the 49ers quarterback said he's been encouraged by what he's seen from his teammates.

"I feel like our offensive line has been doing a great job," Kaepernick said. "Carlos (Hyde) has come in and run well; Frank (Gore) has run well. It’s just a couple plays here and there."

Kaepernick and the rest of the first-team offense could play longer against the Chargers. That decision is ultimatley up to Jim Harbaugh. In San Francisco's third preseason game last year, Kaepernick played for only the first quarter.

"You can't make a blanket statement of how long the starters, individual players (will play)," the coach said. "We'll have a plan for the game, not so much the starting group."

Playing time aside, Harbaugh said the Chargers game will be a good indication of how his team rebounded from the first two weeks of the preseason.

"We're working to improve," Harbaugh said. "It's an important week for us. Every area in the football team, we're just trying to get better at this week."