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Harbaugh: 49ers Offense Seeks Precision

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Less than 24 hours after his team mustered one touchdown, the coach said the entire unit has improvements to make.

NFL teams chase perfection. The 49ers offense is chasing precision.

That was Jim Harbaugh’s buzz word less than 24 hours after his 49ers 27-7 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, in which his offensive unit mustered one touchdown.

“We all have our fingerprints on it,” the coach said on Monday. “We’re working to improve the precision. That’s where we’re at.”

Harbaugh said he wouldn’t point the finger at his crop of wide receivers. Veterans Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams combined for seven catches and 79 yards, but no other wideout made a reception.

Harbaugh also backed quarterback Colin Kaepernnick, who was 13-of-27 passing for 150 yards and an interception against the Colts.

“I feel very confident in Colin,” he said.

The position group could receive a boost from Jon Baldwin, who has been inactive the first three weeks of the season since his August acquisition from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Harbaugh said Baldwin, the team’s most imposing wideout at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, has done well to learn the playbook.

The team’s running game was more successful on Sunday. Frank Gore ran for a season-high 82 yards on 11 carries, including a 22-yard dash during which fullback Bruce Miller served as his personal protector.

As for Gore’s limited second-half carries – the franchise’s all-time leading rusher had just three after intermission – Harbaugh said there is no limitation in place.