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San Francisco 49ers: 4 Ways Jim Harbaugh Can Boost the Team's Offensive Output
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Now that it has been revealed that Braylon Edwards (No. 17) has a sore shoulder, an injury suffered against Washington, we know one way coach Jim Harbaugh can get more offensive production out of his team.

A visit to Lourdes.

Returning Edwards, Joshua Morgan and Bruce Miller to 100-percent health would do much for Harbaugh’s play-calling. Of course, Morgan’s out for the year with a broken leg. Edwards either will have to play through the pain or sit a game or two to rest his shoulder. Miller appears ready to return from the effects of a concussion.

By Week 12, there are no secrets in the NFL. Everyone knows that the Niners defense is first-rate, and everyone knows that a team that ranks 31st in pass attempts, 29th in passing yards and 26th in total yards wins by playing it close to the vest.

But watching Green Bay go into Detroit and tear up the Lions last Thursday, or watching Drew Brees carve the Giants up with more than 350 passing yards, has to give Harbaugh the notion that the team needs more juice in the offense. Of course, he might have known this in July.

The old saying is that defense win championships. In the NFL playoffs, however, defenses keep teams in games while the offense wins them. Examples?

Eli Manning leading the Giants late-fourth-quarter drive against the Patriots in the Super Bowl victory.

Ben Roethlisberger’s last-minute drive that propelled the Steelers over the Cardinals in the Super Bowl

Drew Brees’ third-quarter heroics that sparked the Saints over the Colts in the Super Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers tearing through the Steelers defense in the Super Bowl.

All those teams had good defenses, yet the game turned when one offense took control. Here are four things that Harbaugh could do to boost the 49ers offense.

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