49ers vs. Saints: Takeaways from San Francisco's 23-20 Loss to New Orleans

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49ers vs. Saints: Takeaways from San Francisco's 23-20 Loss to New Orleans
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping their fourth game of the season, and second in a row, it looks like the wave the San Francisco 49ers have been riding is about to crash into the beach.

Sure, this is a very good football team with no shortage of talent, but their issues are deep-seated. In fact, it is even more frightening that they possess the talent and have struggled in such fashion.

One could argue, that is a harder problem to fix. 

Variables like Colin Kaepernick's game, the offensive play calling, ability to close games and the weekly injury report have all made this more of an internal problem that can't quite be solved overnight. You can't expect it to, either, seeing as how the elements that are correctable have not been addressed. It just isn't trending that way.

If you've been watching the games, it is clear that there has been no forward progress, but rather constant reminders of how handicapped this team truly is this year. After another gut-wrenching loss, here is what we can take away from the where this Niners team is at 11 weeks in.  

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