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49ers Offense Mixes It Up

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 4, 2012 – 5:32 PM

Greg Roman still doesn’t know why the Jets called a timeout around 4-minute mark in the first half of Sunday’s game. Or so he wants you to think.

A look at the game tape will reveal a wide-open Colin Kaepernick lined up as wide receiver without a defender within 15 yards of him, moments before the New York coaching staff called for a timeout. But Roman seems to have trouble remembering the play.

“I don’t know what play you’re talking about,” Roman said with a wry smile.

After some more prodding, it seems Roman might have a hazy recollection of the play-call.

“Yeah, I think he was talking to the official about the previous play,” Roman said with a laugh. “Next question.”

True to form, the 49ers offensive coordinator never lets his guard down. It’s around-the-clock gamesmanship with this San Francisco coaching staff.

While some may be quick to label certain plays “trick plays,” Roman doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy.

“I don’t look at them as trick plays, they’re just football plays,” Roman said. “The rules are the rules and you work within the rules. So, I don’t know that we have trick plays. They’re what I like to call mixers. You might want to mix in from time to time.”

When discussing would-be “mixers” from Sunday, Will Tukuafu’s near touchdown catch also comes to mind. The natural defensive lineman has excelled as a lead blocker on select plays this season, but on Sunday he had a legitimate shot at scoring six points.

With the 49ers holding a 27-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Tukuafu tried to sneak out to the right flat on a short out pattern. Jets linebacker Bart Scott read the play late and was penalized for holding Tukuafu, who unsuccessfully tried to catch the ball with one hand.

Though the 49ers scored on a Kendall Hunter touchdown the next play, Tukuafu was hoping to get a clean shot at the reception.

“Whenever you get a chance to score a touchdown, those chances don’t come around that often,” Tukuafu said. “Especially for me. But I probably would have done the same thing if I was playing defense.”

If Tukuafu did catch the ball, it would have marked his first reception in a game since his high school days. Instead, it will go down as another play that helped the team win a game where all 46 active players earned playing time and contributed to the victory.

“It’s awesome,” Tukuafu said. “It makes it hard for the defense to key in on one person because of all the weapons we have.”

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2 Responses to “49ers Offense Mixes It Up”

  1. By time2speakup on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    The number of offensive weapons and packages the Niners array against the opposition seem almost, repeat ‘almost’ unfair. But, Oh well! Who was it said, “I’m loving it.”

  2. By okcniner on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    how horrible would it be to hate that your team is doing well? To hate Alex Smith as a 49ers fan would be miserable….11 years is kind of like a friend of mine from way back in the day……A lot of people in his family did drugs and he always talked about how unfortunate he was for having grown up in a family like this….then years down the road his father finally made the choice to become clean and sober and really changed his life. When he would be around my friend he would talk about how grateful he is for having fought through his shortcomings and how he has accepted the lord into his life. My buddy just couldnt take it, how dare his father for having put him through hell all those years and now be grateful for it all?? Guess what? My buddy has now been sucked into a life of addiction himself. That’s what’s happening to 11 years….he’s thrived on hating Alex Smith for so long that now his whole purpose as a 49ers fan has been stolen from him. 11 years……come back to us!! your misery is over!!

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