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49ers' Kaepernick: OL needs to be more aggressive

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 24 2014 06:01:35 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 24 2014 06:01:36 PM CDT

Based on the account of a quick halftime exchange with FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews, more is coming apart for the San Francisco 49ers than the seams of Levi's stadium's sod.

Coach Jim Harbaugh avoided a halftime interview on FOX TV, suggesting Andrews talk to Colin Kaepernick, who apparently obliged by complaining about the performance of the offensive line.

The 49ers were leading the San Diego Chargers at the half 10-7, but Kaepernick was not impressive as he completed 6 of 12 passes for 59 yards and still had not accounted for a touchdown in the preseason, although his fourth and final drive ended with a field goal.

Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert drove the 49ers to their first touchdown of the preseason, a 6-yard pass to Vance McDonald with 46 seconds left in the half.

As she attempted her halftime interview with Harbaugh, Andrews was dismissed by the coach, who told her to talk to Kaepernick. And what he said may have a lasting effect on a 49ers team that is already struggling more than expected.

Here is how Andrews described her encounter:

Andrews: "I tried to interview Jim Harbaugh at half coming out of locker room. He threw Colin Kaepernick in front of me and said, 'Talk to him, ask him.'

"So I did, I asked, 'What is wrong with the starters on offense, why weren't you able to get into a rhythm?'

"He said, 'That's a good question, I have no idea. We are not executing the way we need to execute. We need to be a lot more aggressive.'

"I said, what about the offensive line and the way they (Chargers) were able to get pressure on you?'

"And he said, 'Again, this line needs to be a lot more aggressive.'"

The 49ers' offensive line is missing starting guard Alex Boone, who is holding out for a better contract.