Monday, September 23, 2013
Harbaugh: 49ers offense lacking precision
By Bill Williamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jim Harbaugh is going to have to address his quarterback until Colin Kaepernick leads the San Francisco 49ers' offense out of its sudden and perplexing funk.
Here's what the 49ers coach said Monday afternoon when asked about Kaepernick: “I feel very confident in Colin, yes.”
Questions about Kaepernick have surfaced because the 49ers' offense has been terrible, scoring a combined 10 points in back-to-back losses to Seattle and Indianapolis. Receivers haven't been getting open, the offensive line has been manhandled and Kaepernick has been unable to keep defenses honest with his feet.
Harbaugh said it is an overall problem, not one issue, keeping the San Francisco offense down. He repeatedly said the unit has to work on its “precision.”
“I’m not going to put it on one spot,” Harbaugh said. “Precision offensively needs to improve. We’ll all have a hand in working on improving that.”
In other notes from Harbaugh’s presser:
The coach said receiver Jon Baldwin has been working well in practice and could be active for the first time this season Thursday night in St. Louis. Baldwin was acquired in August from Kansas City for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.
Harbaugh offered another classic sound bite Monday: "We have the rare opportunity of staring adversity in the face and whipping it.''
Harbaugh offered little information on the injury progress of linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) and tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring). Willis had an MRI scheduled Monday, as did No. 3 cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (leg). Willis, who was hurt in Sunday's third quarter, may have difficulty getting ready to play against the Rams on a short week. The same could be said for Davis, who missed Sunday’s game.
Harbaugh spent Sunday night at the team’s facility after dropping his wife off at home following the loss to the Colts. Such is life for a coach on a short week.