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.
On one play, 49ers tackle Anthony Davis clearly committed a false start, jumping off the line early. He still gave up a strip sack to Will Smith.
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.