Jim Harbaugh sees 'good things' from 49ers' offense


The San Francisco 49ers struggled on offense once again during Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers, churning out just 14 yards over their first three drives.

Colin Kaepernick and the starters have generated a mere six points in August, but coach Jim Harbaugh remains unfazed, telling reporters after the game that he saw "good things" from the first team.

"All 11 playing together in a more precise way," Harbaugh said, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. "I thought it was better today."

San Francisco was outscored 57-3 in its first two preseason outings, but much of that romp came with the team's stars watching from the sideline. Kaepernick was on the field for four drives against San Diego, mining deep into the second quarter before finally pulling off a 55-yard drive that triggered a field goal.

Kaepernick was battered along the way, absorbing too many hits in the pocket and on the run, evidenced by the walloping he took on a scramble off the edge.

"To me, it's football. You're going to get hit," said Kaepernick, noting that "of course" he talked to his usually rugged line about Sunday's spotty blocking.

Going into games without holdout guard Alex Boone doesn't help, but we expected to see more from a star-studded passing game that instead looks out of sync. Pro Football Focus has the Niners ranked dead last through the air, one notch below the vertically challenged Cleveland Browns.

It's too early to judge the 49ers' offense, but it's a beguiling indicator that their best player on Sunday was, of all people, Blaine Gabbert, who threw the team's first preseason touchdown pass and finished with a passer rating of 110.4.

Strange days, indeed.

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