Possible Role for Kaepernick

The chances are slim for Niners 36th round pick Colin Kaepernick to be the starter at quarterback for week one of the 2011 season. As a backup quarterback Kaepernick will only see action in blowouts and special offensive formation plays.  Those formations could be like the one Kaepernick successfully ran at the University of Nevada.  The pistol offense ran by Kaepernick in college is a formation that has not been seen in the NFL.  In the pistol offense a running threat quarterback lines up four yards behind the center as oppose to a shotgun formation where the quarterback is seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. The formation allows the offense to have a power running game in a spread formation. Sounds like a formation Jim Harbaugh could integrate into his offense.

When Kaepernick is on the field next season in the pistol formation he will most likely be utilizing his speed running the football in short yardage situations. The pistol offense allows the threat of both a run or pass on any given down so seeing Kaepernick pass the football when he is on the field won’t be out of the question either. Kaepernick may not be a starter next season but he could be a threat defenses have to prepare for.

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