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Return of the read option paces 49ers win over Titans

The 49ers saw something about the Tennessee Titans’ defense that made them go into their hat and pull out an old trick.

The read option was on display again in Week 7 as San Francisco took the shackles off of Colin Kaepernick and allowed him to run the ball to the tune of 68 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Kaepernick’s game helped pace a rushing attack that gained 153 yards on 41 attempts en route to a 31-17 win. Does this mean the team will start to feature the read option again or was this a one time thing to mix up their approach?

“Sometimes you bring it out,” Jim Harbaugh said of the read option. “Then, we put it away. We will bring it back out. It’s such a great tool to have. It’s such a club in our bag.”

Frank Gore was also a big part of the game plan, carrying the ball 24 times for 70 yards and two scores. While Gore’s stats were not eye popping (his longest run of the day was seven yards), the fact that the 49ers were committed to giving him the ball helped open up other things for Kaepernick through the air and on the ground.

The 49ers renewed commitment to running the ball has been the staple of the offense over the team’s four game winning streak. The Niners have attempted 155 rushes for 698 yards during that span. That’s an average of 38.7 carries and 174.5 yards a game.

Next up for the 49ers is a trip to London to face the Jacksonville Jaguars before the team gets a much needed bye in Week 9.

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