November 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) talks to quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh says offensive struggles about more than Colin Kaepernick


The San Francisco 49ers have struggled offensively and lost to the Carolina Panthers at home 10-9. A lot of people have been pinning their struggles on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but head coach Jim Harbaugh keeps pointing to the entire offense.

“Across the board, we take accountability,” Harbaugh said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We’re not going to go through, dissect position-by-position, raking anybody over the coals. That’s not the best thing for us. We’ve got a tough game coming up. We’re not going to wallow in it.”

It doesn’t hide the fact that Kapernick has his career-worst passing production in the loss to the Panthers. The 49ers run offense ranks 4th in the NFL with an average of 147.7 yards, the struggles are clearly in the passing game. Their 173.9 yards per game through the air ranks dead last in the NFL. A lot of that can be blamed on the depleted receiver corp though.

“Offensively, we were not getting in a rhythm and moving the ball,” Harbaugh said.

“Everybody involved with it is working harder than you can imagine to be the winning edge we need it to be, championship-type of football,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t play championship football offensively this week.”

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  • loverpoint

    No $hit $herlock- After watching 8 weeks of Greg Roman offense in 2011 I could tell you what the problem is. I kept asking myself week after week why aren’t they throwing a quick slant pass to their TE or WR? Well my question was answered in the playoff game against New Orleans. Vernon Davis made the game winning catch on a quick slant pass. While everyone was jumping for joy it was leaked out that the play in which Vernon Davis made ” The Catch 3 ” never existed in the the 49er play book. It was drawn up by Geep Chryst just 2 weeks before.

    The problem is #1 Greg Roman, #2 Johnny Morton, #3 Geep Chryst. There is a good reason none of them were scooped up by other teams after 2 years of 49er success of 2011 and 2012, none of them are any good. They have been riding the success of the Defense and Special Teams.

    The second problem is that Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have not made some very wise personnel decisions: The draft and free agency. There is no reason why the 49ers shouldn’t be going to the Super Bowl and winning it in the 2013/2014 season. They should have won the Super Bowl the last 2 seasons in which they clearly had the better rostered teams. They lost because of coaching plain and simply.

    • ArnieGeddon

      Yep. Despite the baffling non-calls late in SB (no pass interference on the hold on Crabtree or the double hold on the Baltimore punt from their end zone) I STILL get angry thinking about that last series San Fran had from seven yards out. That is all on the play-calling. (I still don’t know why Harbaugh would use his shortest receiver on that fade route in the corner of the end zone when he had 6’4 Moss and Davis at his disposal. Yes, it should have been pass interference, but the brutal play calling let it turn on that.)

      There’s no question that the Niners have about the worst receiving corps in the league at their disposal right now. Losing Crabtree and Maningham certainly hurt … but they knew well before the season started that that was the case. So, of course, Manningham comes back and both Davis and his back-up go out, and the roster is just too shallow to compensate.

      Also, up here in Canada I don’t get all the Niners games but I have had quite a few of them – and it seems like Harbaugh has taken away so much of Kap’s game by trying to force him into a pocket-passer mold. As we saw last year, the guy is at his most dangerous moving around. Again, a dearth of receivers is as big as anything, but it’s like he’s had his feet nailed to the ground …

  • loverpoint

    THe game against Carolina was lost when the 49ers conceded defeat by refusing to go for a 1st down or TD when it was 4th down and 1 yard to go on the Carolina 2 yard line.