Roman's reactionary offense keeps 49ers moving

Roman: 'We better be on our A-game'

Roman's reactionary offense keeps 49ers moving
January 24, 2013, 4:15 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday it was not a conscious game-planned decision to get the ball to tight end Vernon Davis in the 49ers' NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers' offense is designed to get the ball to the person who is open. Therefore, the credit for Davis' resurgence goes to the Falcons. Atlanta's defense dictated that Colin Kaepernick target Davis more than at any other point since the quarterback change was made. Davis saw six passes thrown his way, and he caught five for 106 yards and one touchdown.

"Everything we do in the passing game is really reacting," Roman said. "Knock on wood -- (we) haven't thrown a lot of interceptions here the past couple years, but hopefully that has something to do with the fact that we're going to try to throw the ball to the open guy."

Over the past two seasons, Kaepernick and Alex Smith have combined to complete 63 percent of their pass attempts while throwing just 14 interceptions in 36 games, including the playoffs.

The element of reacting also plays a big role in the 49ers' running game with the read option that has become so popular with Kaepernick at quarterback.

Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' playoff-opening win over the Green Bay Packers. Against the Falcons, he did not keep the ball once on the read option. He scrambled for 23 yards on one play, and lost 2 yards on a quarterback sweep.

Running back Frank Gore rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and backup LaMichael James added 34 yards and a touchdown.

"We have a need for a lot of rushing yards every week," Roman said. "We'll take them every week. But who does it? It really doesn't matter to us. Who catches it? Doesn't matter to us, as long as we're getting production. So as far as Kap running the ball, it may happen. It may not. And we'll have to wait and see."