SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ red-zone offense was among the worst in the NFL last season. It was seen as an obvious area in which the team could improve this season.
Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who started the past two games for the 49ers.
SANTA CLARA – Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu won NFC Defensive Player of the Week based on his mastery of the 49ers’ offense earlier this season.
SANTA CLARA – Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been placed in the concussion protocol after reporting back to work this week at the 49ers’ practice facility with a headache.