Ever since Jim Harbaugh and his Stanford coaching staff arrived in San Francisco almost three years ago, the 49ers creativity on the offensive side of the ball has seemed to know no bounds. Except for the white lines along the sidelines, of course.
Elements of the West Coast and spread-option playbooks have been overlapped. A reworked emphasis on strong quarterback play has also not lessened offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s desire to run the football and run it frequently.
In fact, Harbaugh, Roman – and really all 49ers coaches – have been known to say something along the lines of, “We are varied," in packages, looks and schemes.
Don’t expect the same this preseason.
In his first comments since Thursday’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, a 10-6 loss, Roman was asked whether his game plans for the ensuing three exhibitions – including against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday – are more predetermined than reactive. The play-caller opted for the former.
“In the preseason we’re not so much concerned about what we call as oppose to who’s in, what do we want to see them do, that type of thing,” Roman said Sunday. “The tactical approach is one that some (teams) take. I don’t know that we do.
“Preseason’s a great time to build towards the season, but there’s some things that we’re looking at and evaluating schematically. It’s more about the players and getting them out there and seeing what we can do.”
This is particularly true when you consider that the 49ers have four quarterbacks for three spots, six running backs for potentially four spots and 11 wide receivers for five or six spots on the 53-man Opening Day roster.
In other words, there is too much left to be decided to overcomplicate things. And it’s also not in the 49ers interest to give teams free glances at their best plays during games that don’t count. Creativity, that can wait.
For more 49ers news, read up on today’s Morning Tailgate links.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers are downplaying their upcoming duel with Alex Smith.
Craig Massei of the Associated Press provides an update on the 49ers’ depth at wide receiver.
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