NFL Preseason Week 1: Takeaways from Sunday’s Action

August 15, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There are times during the NFL preseason when you have to remind yourself that, yes, it's the preseason. But for one night, anyone who watched the San Francisco 49ers' version of offense in 2015 is allowed to be uncontrollably giddy.
If what we saw Sunday turns out to be a mirage then, well, at least you'll always have that one night.
The 49ers offense was excruciating to watch in 2015. It was a unit that managed to get marginally better after inserting Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. That isn't meant as a statement of confidence in Gabbert; it shows just how far Colin Kaepernick has spiraled. San Francisco averaged only 303.8 total yards per game (31st) and scored just 24 touchdowns (32nd).
On Sunday, new head coach Chip Kelly put a key into the ignition of his offense for the first time. Suddenly, San Francisco fans had a glimmer of hope.
The 49ers piled up 302 first-half yards when the first- and second-team offenses were on the field against the Houston Texa...

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