San Francisco 49ers Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

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San Francisco 49ers Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

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The 49ers looked downright pitiful against the Broncos. They were unable to put a single offensive point on the board and their defense got picked apart. Here are some key lessons that must be learned and applied by the 49ers and their coaching staff before the season kicks off.

5. The Passing Game Was Severely Lacking

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5. The Passing Game Was Severely Lacking

Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
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Four quarterbacks threw 34 times, with 21 completions, two interceptions and 167 yards. These numbers are not a travesty by any means, but the fact of the matter is, the receivers and quarterbacks were not on the same page. Additionally, the receivers generally got very few yards after the catch, and need to work on their elusiveness in the open field. Credit Denver's defensive backs with solid coverage and disciplined tackling.

4. Good Pressure On Quarterbacks but Zero Sacks

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4. Good Pressure on Quarterbacks but Zero Sacks

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The defensive line and linebackers were occasionally able to get good pressure on Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, but ultimately they were unable to come up with a sack. They need a great deal of work if they are to take some heat off the secondary.

3. The Rushing Game Barely Existed

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3. The Rushing Game Barely Existed

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Frank Gore ran for 12 yards on two carries. Other than that, four running backs got rushes. Jewel Hampton, Alfonso Smith, Carlos Hyde and Will Tukuafu rushed 18 times for 49 yards. At approximately 2.7 yards per carry, that is not a promising demonstration of depth at the running back position. Obviously the offensive line is a factor here and with regard to the passing game, but they will be addressed later.

2. The Defensive Backs Looked Sloppy

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2. The Defensive Backs Looked Sloppy

San Francisco 49ers Secondary
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A game against Peyton Manning is not a game to start blowing coverage assignments. Dontae Johnson seemed to lose the ball in the sun on the third touchdown pass, and other than that, the defensive backs simply couldn't keep up with the play calling of the Bronco's offense. Jimmie Ward played well against the rush and pass, but the entire group will need to up their game by the start of the regular season.

1. The Offensive Line Did Not Show Up

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1. The Offensive Line Did Not Show Up

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The passing game looked rushed (which it was) and the rushing game failed to produce throughout the game. A major part of this was the play of the offensive line. Denver has one of the most improved defenses in the league right now, and the big guys in front of Kaepernick didn't seem to get the memo.

Chris Langton is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.