San Francisco 49ers' Week 4 Offensive Scheme: Run The Rock

By John Ware
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If the San Francisco 49ers want to rebound from two devastating losses, their offense will not only have to execute like an elite team, they will also need the right scheme to do so.  That scheme  involves a lot of running because the passing game with quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been worse than subpar since Week 1.  Last week, veteran running back Frank Gore had 11 rushes for 82 yards.  Though the average yards per carry is 7.4, the quantity of carries was the issue.

Against the St. Louis Rams, the 49ers offense will need to give their defense a big heavy dose of Gore and sprinkle in some Kendall Hunter as well.  This would be simple meat and potatoes football that San Francisco has been known for.  The focus of the offense needs to be the ground game so that it will set up the passing game.  Even if Kaepernick has to run the football himself — unless they are in a pinch in the game — the offense needs to be at least 60 percent run and 40 percent pass.

The wide receivers not named Anquan Boldin need to find a way to get separation from the Rams’ defensive backs.  Boldin has a knack for catching balls in tight man coverage, but since Kaepernick is not the most accurate of throwers he will have to get some definite separation.

Lastly, the offensive line needs to return to its physical ways and not get pushed around like they did in the previous two weeks.  For the 49ers to move the chains and score points this week, it will take a unified effort from the players and smart play-calling for the coaches.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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