SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh assigned blame Monday to the entire 49ers unit rather than pick apart Colin Kaepernick's career-worst passing production in the previous day's 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
"Across the board, we take accountability," Harbaugh said. "We're not going to go through, dissect position-by-position, raking anybody over the coals.
"That's not the best thing for us. We've got a tough game coming up. We're not going to wallow in it."
The 49ers (6-3) return to New Orleans this weekend -- site of last season's Super Bowl XLVII defeat -- to face the NFC South-leading Saints (7-2).
The 49ers and Saints offenses were polar opposites Sunday. The 49ers failed to score a touchdown for the second game this season -- the other was a 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sept. 15 -- and produced only 10 first downs. In contrast, the Saints scored seven touchdowns and set an NFL record with 40 first downs in a 49-17 home win over the Dallas Cowboys.
"Offensively, we were not getting in a rhythm and moving the ball," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh cited an abundance of "negative plays," from maligned calls that lost yardage to others that resulted in penalties, sacks and turnovers.
Kaepernick was sacked a season-high six times and completed 11 of 22 passes for 91 yards, his worst totals in 19 career starts.
Harbaugh sidestepped numerous questions about Kaepernick and instead repeatedly answered them about the offensive unit, as a whole.
"Everybody involved with it is working harder than you can imagine to be the winning edge we need it to be, championship-type of football," Harbaugh said. "We didn't play championship football offensively this week."
Asked why the offense isn't calling more screen passes, Harbaugh conceded it was "not a bad point," and he echoed that when asked why Kaepernick isn't used more on bootleg runs.
"You bring up a great point which frustrates everybody," Harbaugh said. "Everybody involved in the unit, when you're not in the rhythm picking up first downs and being able to get in deep in your playbook -- get into the screen, get into the (quarterback) movement game, keep things off balance -- it's frustrating to all."
Before losing Sunday, the 49ers had won five consecutive games and scored more than 30 points in each contest.