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SANTA CLARA – If quarterback Colin Kaepernick is concerned about the 49ers' sputtering first-team offense, he did not lead on in his brief comments after the 49ers' 21-7 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
In the first three offensive possessions with Kaepernick under center, the 49ers produced just 14 yards with a lost fumble and a couple of big hits on the quarterback.
Finally, the 49ers put together a 12-play, 55-yard drive that produced Phil Dawson’s field goal.
“We have some things to improve on before we get to the season,” Kaepernick said, pointing to the team’s “execution.”
“We had good plays,” he continued. “We just didn’t execute.”
Kaepernick was hit a couple times as he was attempting to pass, and he also absorbed a big hit on a scramble at the end of the 49ers’ first drive of the game.
“To me, it’s football,” Kaepernick said. “You’re going to get hit.”
When asked if he talked to his offensive linemen about providing better protection, Kaepernick said, “Of course.”
Kaepernick completed 6 of 12 passes for 59 yards. He ran twice for 13 yards. He described the offensive performance as “below” his expectations for the team’s offense, but insisted he was not worried.
“It’s preseason,” he said.
After Kaepernick and the first-team offense left the game, the 49ers scored their first two touchdowns of the exhibition season on Blaine Gabbert's 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vance McDonald's and running back Glenn Winston's 27-yard run.