Maybe the fourth week of the preseason isn’t so worthless, after all.
In recent years, the final preseason game for each team has become a bench-clearing exercise aimed at helping the coaching staff and front office trim the roster from 75 to 53. As the 49ers’ starting offense struggles to find a rhythm, starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to play in the preseason finale.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said after Sunday’s win over the Chargers that Kaepernick will play in the preseason finale at Houston.
“Yes, he’ll play,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick. “We’ll go into it like we have these other games.”
Asked whether he wants to play in the preseason finale, the characteristically concise Kaepernick said, “That’s coach’s decision.”
Last year, the coach decided to play Kaepernick in the preseason finale. That’s what Harbaugh has done with his starting quarterback ever since becoming head coach of the 49ers.
For the 2014 edition of the franchise’s sake, the extra work for Kaepernick hopefully will mean that the offense will be ready to generate yards and points on a consistent basis when the regular season begins.