It’s no secret at this point that the San Francisco 49ers’ offense has been struggling. In back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers the 49ers’ failed to gain more than 200 yards.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was limited to 91 yards on 11-of-22 passing with an interception against the Panthers and 127 yards, 17-of-31, with two touchdowns and a pick against the Saints.
Rather than point fingers, the 49ers’ locker room is sticking together, according to a report from Cam Inman at the San Jose Mercury News.
“We’re a tight family,” cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “Whatever we need to handle in-house, we handle in-house.”
San Francisco was held to 9 points and 20 points against Carolina and New Orleans, respectively, and lost each game by a combined 4 points.
“We’re all going to have slumps and not play the way want to,” linebacker Patrick Willis said, according to the report. “It wouldn’t do good to go over and yell, say this, say that. Just speak positive and hope the best comes.”
The 49ers (6-4) will need the offense to step up against the Washington Redskins if they want to keep pace with the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) in the NFC West – San Francisco could fall an entire game behind and deeper into third place with a loss.
“It’s frustrating for everybody, not just defensive guys, because there’s going to be some weeks teams are going to score on us and our offense is wondering why we’re not getting three-and-outs and shutting people out,” Rogers added. “They’ll get it together. We’ve got a good coaching staff and people coming back.” [San Jose Mercury News]
As was reported earlier, wide receiver Michael Crabtree will not play against Washington.