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49ers to Simplify Offensive Playbook in 2014

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Also in this edition of Niners Daily: Why Jim Harbaugh's son, Baltimore Ravens assistant Jay Harbaugh, turned down a job offer with San Francisco.

In this edition of Niners Daily, we continue the process of getting you ready for the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens preseason opener on Thursday. First up is an update on what the offense could look like at M&T Bank Stadium...

Shrinking the Playbook

Jim Harbaugh already told us that quarterback Colin Kaepernick would play, at most, two drives in the team's first exhibition game. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman also revealed how his play-calling could change, not only for this game but beyond.

“After three years, we’ve pretty much run the gambit with a lot of different players in terms of what we were willing to do to win a game. And it was time to clean out the garage. So really just tried to streamline things,” Roman said Tuesday. “I always say — and I’m not the first one to say it, I’m sure I stole it from somebody — that taking a complex thing and making it as simple as possible is an art form. And that’s what we tried to do. So hopefully we’re good artists.”

How exactly did Roman and Co. go about this?

“Just terminology. Maybe ways to better explain things,” he said. “When something hits somebody’s brain, maybe it hits it a little cleaner. There’s less grey area involved in certain things. And obviously, not everything gets adjusted, but you do your best to do it. You’re always trying to make it better.”

Roman and Kaepernick agreed that a simpler offensive language will give “Kap” more time at the line of scrimmage and will clear things up for his less experienced wideouts and running backs.

Another Coach Harbaugh?

The 49ers-Ravens game also brings Harbaugh back together with his son, Jay, an assistant coach in Baltimore. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has the story on how son turned down dad to work for San Francisco. It's a good one.

Here is the pair back in 2011, when Jay was wearing the right colors.

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