No. 5: Kyle Shanahan’s Playbook Is Dynamic
The 49ers hardly schemed anything during their first two games of the preseason. For the most part, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense was vanilla and lacking creativity.
It’s a vast difference from the complex offense he runs, although the coach certainly opened things up a bit on Sunday.
Especially in the first quarter.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer connected with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on a 46-yard touchdown, stemming from a play-action pass. Niner Noise’s Rich Madrid broke this “yankee concept” down over at our friends, 49ers Webzone, and you can see the intricacies of this attack below:
You can see the play in real time here:
This was just one example of Shanahan’s scheme. And scheming is what he does best.
When it works, Shanahan’s offense is one of the top systems in the NFL. It involves a lot of moving parts, so it’s understandable the Niners may not be quite as effective with it right away.
Even more so, San Francisco’s ground game could take some time to develop, as it lacks a lot of the necessary pieces.
Leading to the next topic, run blocking.