The closing moments of Super Bowl XLVII will sit in the hearts and minds of the 49ers Faithful throughout the offseason, but it doesn’t take away from San Francisco’s remarkable season nor does it diminish the team’s comeback effort against the Baltimore Ravens.
In examining the game tape twice, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King uncovered several intriguing aspects of the 49ers offensive performance. He also spoke with offensive coordinator Greg Roman to find out his take on the final four offensive plays of the game.
“This is what I found amazing about what the tape revealed,” King wrote. “On the first 13 offensive snaps for San Francisco, Roman dialed up 13 different alignments using 12 different combinations of running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
“In those 13 plays, Roman had four wide receivers in the game, four running backs (two running backs, two fullbacks) and four tight ends. On the fifth play of the game, a no-back look, he spread three receivers left and two to the right, with a fullback (Bruce Miller) and running back (LaMichael James) split the furthest; (Colin) Kaepernick hit (Michael) Crabtree, running from the left slot, on a 19-yard incut.
“On the very next snap, Roman dialed up something Walter Camp invented 140 years ago, the T formation. Kaepernick lined up under center, with three backs tight together behind him — Gore to the left, fullback Walter Tukuafu in the middle, and fullback Miller to the right. None went in motion. (Frank) Gore powered ahead for no gain into the teeth of the Ravens’ D. Win some, lose some.”
King noted that the 49ers had Kaepernick in the Pistol formation 51 times and under center nine plays. King counted 13 plays in the read-option scheme and 47 snaps without Kaepernick playing option football.
Roman discussed the final four plays and the disappointing result with King.
“I’ll use it as motivation going forward,” the 49ers offensive coordinator told King. “To dwell on something that’s over is so utterly pointless. Anytime you make a call and the play doesn’t work, you think of another play that might have worked. We had a valiant effort, a great comeback, and it wasn’t enough. That’s life. It’s the game we love, the highs, the lows. But it doesn’t take away from what we did this year, and how excited I’m going to be to coach these guys next year.”
ProFootballFocus.com listed the 49ers offensive line as the No. 1 unit in football. San Francisco’s line ranked No. 20 in 2011.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offered a list of the 49ers biggest draft needs starting with finding help on the defensive line.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com answered fan questions centering on the 49ers offseason trade options.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com wondered if the 49ers will fall victim to a Super Bowl hangover. Prisco noted the last team to lose a Super Bowl and make it back the next season was the Buffalo Bills in 1993.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com picked West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin as the 49ers draft choice at pick No. 31 in his recent mock draft.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com had the 49ers selecting Jonathan Cooper, guard out of North Carolina.
Russ Lande of NationalFootballPost.com took Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams the 49ers choice at 31.
49ers.com shared A.J. Jenkins’ comments on exit day. Last year’s first-round pick is eager to expand his role on the 49ers offense.
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