Starters usually stay on the field this week for only a drive or two, but Alex Smith and the 49ers got five drives on Friday night.
That’s because the first four drives didn’t produce a first down.
The fifth drive was slightly better, with two first downs. Smith was sacked twice and fumbled while completing only 2-of-7 passes for 10 yards in his outing. He was under constant duress, with free rushers coming at him often.
Things didn’t get much better when rookie Colin Kaepernick entered the game. Kaeperick’s first drive ended after three consecutive sacks, which included a fumble. The 49ers trail 10-0 late in the first half.
Luckily, the 49ers have three more preseason games to iron out the offensive kinks under Jim Harbaugh.