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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