Greg Roman and the pistol offense

Now that Alex Smith has been benched and Kendall Hunter is out for the season, Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman are changing the 49ers offense to complement the skill sets of Colin Kaepernick and LaMichael James.

The 49ers used a full house pistol formation 17 times against the Dolphins on Sunday – six times in the first half and 11 times in the second half.

The full house pistol formation looks like this: Colin Kaepernick lines up in a half-shotgun, about three yards behind the center. A tailback (Frank Gore or LaMichael Jame) lines up about three yards behind Kaepernick. Two players line up next to Kaepernick in the backfield – usually Bruce Miller and Delanie Walker. And two players line up at wide receiver – the 49ers opened the game with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis split out.

Roman called this formation more and more as the Dolphins game went on. And it worked.

Would you like to see more of this in the future?

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