Niners confident no major changes necessary

What do the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans all have in common? Two weeks into the season, they are the only teams lower in the NFL rankings than the 49ers in total offense.

Read that one and weep. The 49ers certainly are. They rank 28th in the NFL in a category in which they finished fourth in the league last year and are notorious for finishing even higher. It's a big reason they are 1-1 and have many observers believing they're team that actually is worse off than that record.

But the Niners aren't feeling that way.

"We all want to play better offensively," quarterback Jeff Garcia said. "We all want to do whatever it takes to get this offense to the level where we've played in the past. We haven't been there the last few weeks. We also know that it still is within us to be able to achieve that. And I think that we just need to focus on that.

"It's not a sense of having to change our schemes or change our thoughts as far as what we're trying to do, but just get better at what we are doing. I think that's the major thing."

Though the Niners put up one of their most sluggish offensive performances in the past two seasons against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the team isn't panicking nearly as much as everybody around it.

After the 24-14 loss in which the Niners gained just 261 yards and hurt themselves with 114 yards in penalties and two turnovers, the newspaper headlines in the San Francisco Bay Area blared about a San Francisco offense going nowhere fast. The Niners hardly feel there is such a need to be declaring catastrophe.

The Niners are going to keep going with what has worked for them in the past. They are confident it will work again.

"It's not like we're going to chuck the offense," offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said. "It's the second week of the season. We'll work our way through it. I feel confident of that. I think we've shown it can work well. I don't think (the problem) is anything other than our (lack of) execution right now."

Said head coach Steve Mariucci, "We're not going to run the wishbone. We're not going to put in the run-and-shoot. We're not going to try to be like somebody else. We're going to run our offense, and we're going to do it better. It's been good to us, and it will be good to us. We've got to make it work. We're going to just do it better, and I don't know any other way of doing it."


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