The San Francisco 49ers‘ offense normally live by running the football and die by not running it. In their Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, they will need to pass the ball quite a bit.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick does not have to throw deep balls every down, instead, he will need to throw short passes to move the chains. Veteran running back Frank Gore still needs to have Kaepernick turn around and hand him the ball, but the number of carries need to go down on Sunday, for some catches.
The Titans’ defense is solid, especially up front with their defensive line. Head coach Jim Harbaugh should get Gore into the open field with flairs and screens and be allowed to eat up some yards.
This passing strategy will open up the run game by loosening up the defense with short passes. Gore does not need to be the only short-pass catcher for this game. Veterans tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Anquan Boldin should add to this scheme easily. Both are more than proficient in open-field running. Kaepernick should avoid running the read-option just in case he is still nursing his foot injury.
The offensive line needs to find a way to keep themselves together because the Titans’ defensive line will do what it takes to sack the 49ers signal caller. Kaepernick will do some running, but it will not be by design. His runs will be to keep plays alive and move the chains if he has to. The offense will move the chains, but they will not make a lot pf big plays.