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49ers’ offense starts slowly, again

Kaepernick

Time is running out for the 49ers to look like something other than a mess on offense.

During Sunday’s game at the Field of Jeans, the 49ers started very slowly on offense. And while the subpar performances can surely trace to plenty of reasons, starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick will get the bulk of the blame, deserved or not.

The team’s first drive ended in a punt after an awkward run and fall by Kaepernick resulted in a fumble that was initially ruled not a fumble but that wasn’t overturned because replay review didn’t reveal a clear recovery. The second drive ended with Kaepernick fumbled while being sacked. The third drive ended with a wounded duck emerging from Kaepernick’s arm after he was hit while throwing.

The fourth drive started well (with Kaepernick delivering the ball quickly to his first-read options), but sputtered in field goal range with a couple of passes batted at the line.

The good news for the 49ers is that they’ll start the season against an overmatched Dallas defense, giving Kaepernick and company a chance to build some momentum. Still, a year after the team finished at No. 24 among all offenses, the offense doesn’t look much better.