Greg Roman on 49ers' offense: 'Not good'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On their first offensive drive of the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers went 66 yards in seven plays against the Baltimore Ravens and Phil Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Since then?

Nothing. The 49ers have been shut out. That’s 20 fruitless possessions total, and running.

Granted, starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick and, to a great extent, the first-team offense has only played two of those ensuing series. But to be blanked for such a lengthy time should not sit well with the 49ers, especially after being pummelled, 34-0, by the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the first game at Levi’s Stadium.

“Not good,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday, “at all.”

Consider: the 49ers are the only team in the NFL without a touchdown after at least two preseason games. Which is why it seemed strange but appropriate that Roman opened his presser by commending his colleagues in what appeared to be a pump-up speech.

“We’ve got a lot of things going on right now,” he said, unprompted. “Our offensive staff, I’ve just got to commend them. To a man, they do a great job. Very fortunate to work with this group. This is our fourth year together, for the most part, a couple guys here and there, and to a position, I think they do as good a job as anybody in the NFL.”

Asked why he would make such a statement, Roman did not flinch.

“Probably could do it every day,” he said. “They do a great job, day in and day out. Work tirelessly. It’s a staff with absolutely no motives, other than to help the players and to win.

“Probably should do it more.”

Kaepernick said a day earlier that the 49ers' offense merely had to establish a “rhythm” to get going.

“I think that’s the biggest thing we need to get right now,” he said.

And by Roman’s analysis of the game tape, that should not be too hard to establish soon. Perhaps even in this weekend’s third preseason game, against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

“A lot of very good individual performances, a lot of good individual moments but not enough collective, cohesion, precision by the offensive unit to play winning football,” Roman said of his players’ performance against Denver.

“You go through the tape, [here are] a lot of good things. But it serves as a great tool for us to understand that football is the ultimate team sport and it takes 11 guys on the field to get the job done. We’ve got to do better.”