Inventive coordinator Greg Roman has de-emphasized the zone read this season, but receiver Anquan Boldin credited the uptick of those play calls for his five catch, 74-yard outing.
“It makes defenses declare,” Boldin said, per the team’s official website. “Are you going to be bring an eighth guy down in the box to stop the run or are you going to stay with seven guys? It definitely clears things up for us. It allows us to throw the ball outside as well.”
We tend to believe the 49ers have avoided running Kaepernick because the team is completely unsold on backup Colt McCoy. Unlike last year, with Alex Smith in the shadows, there’s no evidence McCoy or anyone else on the roster could engineer the offense if Kap were hurt. Still, you have to balance that risk with the dynamic fire Kaepernick brings to the ground game.
Source: Marc Sessler, NFL.com