Kap's former coach Chris Ault explains creation of 'pistol' offense
Chris Ault, Colin Kaepernick's former coach at the University of Nevada, explains what a joy it was to coach the current 49ers quarterback.
49ers in the Atlanta Falcons go ahead on Sunday and ever -- trying to find that unique angle to this game. We think we found 11 college cap predicament he's that you rage in the NFL world the pistol offense is at the forefront of things. Let's bring in the man who was responsible for unleashing the beast. That has become the 49ers most dangerous weapon recently retired head coach -- the Nevada wolf pack and the architect of the pistol. That's Chris salty joins us here chronicle live Chris I want to tell the story. About how common -- predict first became the starter for you of that. Well what we have another young man who was the starter and we were -- our season not I want to say four games at that particular time. And our starter nick. Broke his foot. And was about I believe in the middle first quarter quarter and a half and cap was our back up at that particular time as a redshirt freshman. And had not played one down prior to that. And does that game went on. 700 yards later in total offense. Capped played his first football game and that was a start and he's never looked back. It sounds kind of -- -- -- some people in the Bay Area know that story except that S go to 49ers when he starts against the Bears in the rest of the world takes over. As I cap has done a heck of a job. How did -- cap -- take the pistol offense to new levels. You know before captain come and we we just started that was year three of the pit actually 2000 that we are two of the pistol. We did not have the read and at that time we are just the base pistol offense with -- our power game counters and that was the second year that the system was in existence and of course there's nobody else running it so we had no film to look at but us but the third year was when we -- sign and say we're gonna go to the region have that to our. -- rapport on the offense that we have and from that point on you know it became the pistol as you see today and course cap when we didn't have agreed that we had the quarterback draw the quarterback -- -- did very well though is that. Once the read when and you could see. What this guy brought to the offense. Both as a passer and runner where did this offense come from hotter it is the fault what did you see that helped you create this. -- saw nothing -- I mean it was just it was. Me this and -- In fact I gotta be honest with you when -- do we started it in the spring of 2005 when I. About a month was before spring football and when I brought it to the staff. I said here's what I'd like to do I think it can help us in our run game pass game. They didn't say a word and I'm sure when they left that meeting and they all went down got the resonate pretty. -- so that I like that what skills they need to run this offense properly. Well you know what we look for give as good athlete. The first guy that ran for Jeff -- was a very good athlete didn't have the speed of of cap but a very good athlete and so what we look for a guy that can get out of the edge on the boot passes the play action pass and then as we develop the Reid of course a guy that could run. And sense you know -- time and we've recruited kids that. What's happening now in high school football stuff the kids in high school used to be just running quarterbacks they couldn't throw. Now these running poor quarterbacks can throw and I think that's the difference in. Course I'm seen at the pro level also with cap and and the other guys that are on the the Reid opportunities runs at them. -- so right now do you think imitates that offense the best in the national football. But the Washington Redskins there's no question because they are in the pistol offense I mean they're running it. I know they do other things would it but. Their formations are armed formations that of course we used -- they've added -- -- but I see them right now in terms of running the offense itself. They run the most of the pistol formation and of course the read stuff from the power game off of it. All right let me turn you around the other side of the ball how do you slow down the pistol. You know the -- -- like any other off things -- it's got its strengths and weaknesses and we've we've gone through some tough times you're just like any other offensive. But I but I think what the pistol does for you and what I think it's done at the collegiate level. It's certainly broadened the landscape of college football on the offensive side of the ball. And when it wasn't when -- read part of the offense wasn't going well. I think people forget that there's the play action part of the office. And that's what I saw last week that the 49ers did I thought very very well. Against Washington was lining up in the -- running the play action pass. And I really think that set up the read part of the on the offensive game plan that they ran very very well and. Course that's part of what you try to do in the pistol is the read the that the pass off of course your game with the inside and outside zone in the count a place. How often do Jim Harbaugh are Greg Roman contact you just to get refresher -- just get a word from you on what can happen with the softness. Well grade grade kids their last year at Stamford gray came down with two other coaches came to our. To our campus and they just want to see what the pistol is about and you know that Andrew Luck playing quarterback they just want to see and study a little bit of what we are trying to do. We took some of their -- is a great strange exchanges that today dealing. We really enjoyed it and I know they -- when they went back to Stanford I think they ran the pistol formation of a few times that year but they were then they really didn't need it. And since that time the only contact I'd had as with coach Harbaugh after they. Had drafted cap and he came up to do a fund raising event for us we sat and talked a little bit about it and really there wasn't any indication to me at that time that they would look at the -- course Alex was the quarterback and -- was a rookie and gonna learn the system. All right Chris I know introduced -- they recently retired head coach at Nevada but you're not done coaching what's next on your plate what are you wanna do what can you do next. Well Jim and I appreciate it guys very careful when I stepped down that I should do not use the word retire because I'm not going efficient. And I'm not playing golf so that that's out of the equation this particular time but. You know somewhere along the line I'd certainly like to keep my hands in football whether it's as a consulting. Person or as a person as an assistant coach in. Talking to -- would like to talk to a couple people within the NFL ranks -- that comes in. If I can be of value to somebody in and help them when -- offensive scheme stuff that have been a lot of fun I think good via. A great opportunity I could I could bring something to the table if they had that interest -- you know you never know what's gonna happen -- but. No I'm not I'm not closing that door and there's been some interesting conversations this past week with a lot of different people not in the NFL on talk about media types that. With caps excellence on the field has brought a lot of exposure to listen and we had a to have before without pistol concept. At the collegiate. Well with a pistol cycling through the National Football League there's going to be no shortage of opportunities for you Chris all thank you very much for your time congratulations on -- great career. Can't wait to find out what's next for you but thanks for joining -- -- chronicle live. Thanks for having -- I really appreciated.