The San Francisco 49ers‘ offense has its first true test against the Houston Texans‘ defense on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Their performance against the St. Louis Rams was good, but it did not show enough to erase the memory of the butt whooping they took in the team’s two losses this season. The premise for the scheme should be to run the ball with veteran runningback Frank Gore, as it should be every game this season.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is very talented, moreso with his feet than his arm. He needs to just manage the game at quarterback, as opposed to being put in a position to always have to throw the ball. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has to continue to use the ground game to loosen up defenses, rather than have his quarterback throw the ball in more open coverage windows. As usual, tight end Vern0n Davis and wide receiver Anquan Boldin will be targeted the most out of all the pass catchers, because they are the only ones who can seem to get open.
As far as the read option goes, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be ready for it, and All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt will be looking to pressure, hit and sack Kaepernick every chance he gets. This offense needs to manage the clock well and keep the Texans’ offense on the sideline drinking Gatorade. Kaepernick may have to take some chances and actually throw some passes in tight coverage to Boldin if he has to.