SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers offense was bad again Sunday in their 17-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Averaging 12 points a game, Colin Kaepernick is leading the NFL's lowest-scoring outfit.
The frustration was becoming apparent on the field Sunday, with starting receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin exhibiting their frustrations with poor body language on the field and on the sidelines.
"My body language was horrible at times. I should never let my frustrations show, especially to (reporters). That’s not a good thing," Smith said. "I’ll work at that. I was definitely very frustrated because we’re a better team than what we’re showing right now. We’re better offensively than how we’re playing. To be honest, we work too hard to go out on Sundays and play like that. Tomsula doesn’t deserve this. The fans don’t deserve to watch the way we play. We got to get this thing right, now."
Boldin was so frustrated, in fact, he declined to speak to the media following his three-catch, 12-yard performance. Smith addressed the media Monday, feeling better than he did after the game.
"When you have a day to think about things, you’re able to calm down and realize that some things aren’t as bad as they seem, what mistakes happen and what you can do better," Smith said.
After a signing a five-year, $40 million deal to join the 49ers in the spring, Smith has nine catches for 185 yards through four games, which paces out to 36 receptions and 740 yards for the season. His lone touchdown catch came in the second half of Week 2's blowout loss to the Steelers.
"We need to use (Smith) more and we need to get him more involved," head coach Jim Tomsula said. "So, again, that's on the checklist."
Kaepernick has thrown just two touchdowns to five interceptions, giving him a career-low 67.7 quarterback rating through four games. But despite those early season struggles, Smith believes the passing game will improve through sheer hard work.
"When you work like we do, we work hard, success has to come," Smith said. "It hasn’t been coming, but it just has to happen. Just stick by that belief and hope we can get this thing going."
However, the quarterback position is being evaluated, Tomsula said, as is his offensive line, which has struggled to give Kaepernick the time he needs to run the offense. Additionally, the running game let the 49ers down Sunday, with Carlos Hyde registering just 20 yards on eight carries.
"Again, the evaluation work. We have to keep at what it is," Tomsula said. "And, when you do that, to me, it can't be an emotional decision. You have to think your way through it...We are in the middle of that right now."
Tomsula wouldn't elaborate on any potential changes to the offensive line, which could include moving Alex Boone from left guard back to the right side after starting at right guard over the last three seasons.
Kaepernick took six sacks Sunday, giving him 14 for the season, including two coming on consecutive plays on the team's second-quarter trip deep into Green Bay's territory, when the 49ers had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from Phil Dawson.
"We have to be able to get the ball out quick," Kaepernick said. "We have to be able to get the ball into our playmakers hands as soon as we can. And ultimately, this offense is a team. We’re working as hard as we can to try to make sure we’re doing things right and on the right track."
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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