It hasn’t been the best of times in San Francisco lately. After a five game winning streak was dashed with a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers two weekends ago, the 49ers lost against last week to the New Orleans Saints 23-20.
Two consecutive losses by a grand total of 4 points. The offense has been largely to blame: in each of those games, San Francisco gained less than 200 yards.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman spoke with Bay Area reporters about the team’s offensive woes.
“We’re certainly not a finished product,” Roman said, via Aaron Wilson at Yahoo! Sports. “I think those opportunities are out there and the roof is going to blow off. It’s going to pop. It’s coming.”
“I’d say the past few weeks have not been up to our standard or the standard of production that we expect or work for,” Roman said. “It’s simply a function of getting back to work, identifying problems, fixing those problems and re-emphasizing the positive things.”
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ranks 31st in the NFL with a 56.2 completion rate in 2013, and was limited to 91 passing yards against the Panthers and 127 yards against the Saints in back-to-back weeks.
Many experts and fans have been highly critical of Kaepernick’s development and seeming step-back thus far. Roman sees it as a valuable learning experience, according to the report.
“As far as his development of a quarterback, this is extremely valuable for him to go through these types of situations, battle his way out and learn from them,” Roman said. “To play quarterback in this league is a tall task over time there are so many different things you’ll encounter, so many different players you’ll play with, all those different things that contribute to your growth as a quarterback.”