The San Francisco 49ers have added a new wrinkle in the offense in recent weeks, their version of the wildcat offense, being dubbed the WildKap. In the last three weeks, the Niners have implemented a few plays in each game for backup QB Colin Kaepernick to run, and so far they have been very effective. Is Kaepernick becoming the next Tim Tebow?
Against Green Bay, the Niners ran just one play for Kaepernick, a 17 yard run. Last week against the Jets, the second-year signal caller gained 50 yards on five plays and found the endzone. Yesterday, in another romp, Kaepernick scored again and gained 39 yards on four runs.
This brings an entirely new wrinkle to the 49eers offense. Known as a very conservative, ball control offense last season, the Niners offense has exploded early this season and now features a vertical passing attack, along with a strong rushing attack and their traditional stout defense, making them one of the more formidable teams in the NFL.The Niners have now scored 79 points in the last two weeks and have only allowed 3.
The Niners really didn’t need the contribution from Kaepernick yesterday, but the offense continues to add a few plays each game. Veteran QB Alex Smith suffered a sprained finger yesterday against the Bills, so that will be something to watch this week moving forward. Smith told reporters after the game that the injury was nothing.
The Niners will need all the offense they can put on the field this coming Sunday when the Niners will host the New York Giants in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. This will be the third straight New York team the Niners will face in three straight weeks.