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Morning Tailgate: Facing the Read Option

Posted Jul 27, 2013

The 49ers defensive coordinator and his staff spent time in the offseason gearing up for future opponents and the read option plays they put on tape last season.



The 49ers didn’t prep for the read option very much in training camp last year. This year, the time spent on studying the popular offensive scheme is much different.

Vic Fangio’s defensive unit will be facing quarterback driven running plays much more often now that San Francisco’s offense showcases the option threat of starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers defensive coordinator and his staff spent time in the offseason gearing up for future opponents and the read option plays they put on tape last season. Seattle and Washington will showcase the system when they face San Francisco in the regular season.

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Fangio likes seeing the read option plays in camp when the first-team offense and first-team defense compete in team period.

“It does help that we’re facing it in camp from our offense,” the 49ers coordinator said. “Last year when our offense would work on that during training camp, we wouldn’t work against them. We would split it up and we would take our first-team defense on another field and work on more conventional offenses because last year at this time, the only time that we thought we would see it would be from (New England Patriots quarterback Tim) Tebow in the game against the Jets and there was no other time we would see it.

“So, we didn’t waste our time working on it against our own offense with our first-team defense. This year, we will obviously. It does help having an offense that can run it and they know how to run it not learning it off of the scout card.”

More training camp highlights can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared Fangio’s comments on first-round pick Eric Reid needing to “earn” a starting job on the 49ers defense.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at the target totals for Friday’s camp session.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed San Francisco’s emphasis on the read option in camp.

Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com looked at how Anquan Boldin is getting acquainted with his new teammates.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com
examined how CEO Jed York has been instrumental in the 49ers recent success.

ProFootballHallofFame.com shared a quality throwback photo of Jim Harbaugh.

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