The San Francisco 49ers’ offensive failures Saturday didn’t vanish overnight, nor did the memories of the Houston Texans’ simplistic pass rush.
“It should not have been complex for us. Yet we were violated at times,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday about the 30-7 loss. “When that’s happening, you have to look at all three phases of what you’re doing: what you’re doing schematically, how you’re doing it and who’s doing it.”
The 49ers offense hasn’t done much in three exhibitions under Harbaugh. Aside from a pair of second-half rushing touchdowns in a 17-3 win over the Raiders a week ago, the 49ers offense failed to find the end zone in defeats to the Texans and the New Orleans Saints.
“Certainly it’s not something all on the offensive line,” Harbaugh said. “We’re still evaluating, still learning at the other positions. Definitely improvements need to be made from an offensive standpoint.”
An obvious target of criticism is the 49ers’ pass protection. Breakdowns occurred Saturday among all seven linemen Harbaugh labeled as starter-caliber, starting with a third-down sack allowed by left tackle Joe Staley on the opening series.
“It’s them getting to know us, us getting to know them, as it relates to all facets of where we’re at right now,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a process.”
SAINTS 40, RAIDERS 20
Drew Brees was 15-for-23 passing for 189 yards and led New Orleans (2-1) to scores on all three drives he played in the exhibition win in Oakland.
Jason Campbell was 12-for-17 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown, capping his first drive with a 35-yard scoring strike to Derek Hagan for Oakland (0-3).
Houston coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic star running back Arian Foster will be ready for the regular-season opener after the NFL rushing champion re-aggravated a hamstring injury in Saturday’s exhibition game in San Francisco. ... Chicago backup tight end Desmond Clark indicated the knee injury he suffered Saturday wasn’t as bad as it appeared to be. ... Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi returned to practice during a non-contact drill, his first football-related action since coming to camp with his left foot in a cast and clouded by mystery.