The 49ers unveiled the read option with backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick and used it extensively – and effectively in preseason, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In the opener against the Vikings, Kaepernick faked to LaMichael James and ran around right end for a 78-yard touchdown.
Kaepernick, the only quarterback in NCAA history with three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finished with 122 yards on seven carries in four exhibition games.
Not surprisingly, offensive coordinator Greg Roman indicated the Packers should spend time prepping for at least a small dose of Kaepernick.
“I think Kap gives you the flexibility to be able to talk about that and feel good about it and plan for it,” Roman said. “I think it’s just good change of pace and makes the defense prepare for something different. So, it’s definitely a possibility.”
“It’s definitely something different,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s something that you have to prepare for. It’s like any other scheme. You have to put your time in. We feel fortunate that we have extra time to prepare for the 49ers. We’re confident that with all of our adjustments we’re ready to go.”