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49ers looking for a pass rush after exhibition opener

Coach Jim Tomsula says the 49ers' pass rush was 'not all the way in sync' in the first exhibition. AP Photo/Greg Trott

As the San Francisco 49ers' defensive line coach from 2007 until being promoted to head coach this past January, of course Jim Tomsula would have a unique perspective on his team’s pass rush in its exhibition opener.

Especially since the 49ers failed to register a sack in the 23-10 loss to the Houston Texans.

So how would Tomsula describe it?

"Not all the way in sync," he said in a conference call with beat reporters on Sunday. "But I will say ... in my history of coaching defensive line, if you go look at the preseason, the pass rush is a little sketchy, too, because we don’t put a lot of gameplanning into the protections. And we’re not putting a lot of gameplan in using our leverage principles in the rush as much.

"So when you start getting some wide angles, 3-techniques opening up in the pocket, opening up windows underneath and things like that, we’re not sitting in there gameplanning where we ... want that quarterback to throw and what we want him to throw over. So, it was porous, in my opinion."

In fact, the 49ers were credited in the game book with only three quarterback hits in the exhibition, two by rookie outside linebacker Eli Harold and one by defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, the former international discuss thrower from England now in his third 49ers camp.

"That first year he was here, my God, I didn’t want to put him in a game," Tomsula said of Okoye. "I was worried he’d get busted up."

Tomsula also mentioned Tank Carradine for providing some push against the Texans quarterbacks, who combined to throw for 254 yards on 20 of 29 passing with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 119.0 passer rating.

It was interesting that veteran Ahmad Brooks started in Aldon Smith's old spot at right outside linebacker with Corey Lemonier starting at Brooks' longtime spot on the left side.

"We’ve got to get all that gelled together and get it coordinated," Tomsula said.