Super Bowl XLVII: San Francisco 49ers on offense
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made headlines and created a quarterback controversy. Not during training camp. Not at the halfway point of the season. Not after his starting quarterback struggled. Sitting at the top of the division (NFC West) with just six games left in the regular season, Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback. Kaepernick had a very impressive performance against the Chicago Bears while Alex Smith was out because of concussion, but Smith had recovered. Why would Harbaugh not return to his starter who had led the team to a 7-2-1 record and first place in the NFC West? What was a controversy for everyone watching was simply the best decision for the team for Harbaugh. I admire the boldness and lack of complacency the decision shows. The 49ers were doing well, but Harbaugh believed that they could be even better.
Here are the potential starters and key players on the 49ers’ offense.
Colin Kaepernick (#7) – Young quarterback in his second season who can turn on his speed and run the ball. He tricks defenses because he can confidently stand in the pocket and throw the ball. (Ask the Chicago Bears.)
Jonathan Goodwin (#59) – Veteran who played on the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Championship Team. Leads the offensive line and makes the calls and adjustments.
Guards and Tackles
Joe Staley (#74, Left Tackle) – Started at right tackle during his rookie season (2007). Earned his first Pro Bowl this season.
Mike Iupate (#77, Left Guard) – Became a starter his rookie season (2010) along with Anthony Davis. Big and athletic guy.
Alex Boone (#75, Right Guard) – Became a starter this year after starting his NFL career on the practice squad in 2009
Anthony Davis (#76, Right Tackle) – A starter since his rookie season (2010). Big, athletic and studies the game a lot.
Vernon Davis (#85) – Did not catch well during the season, but caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers’ win in the NFC Championship game.
Michael Crabtree (#15) – Reliable receiver who gets a lot of yards after the catch. Has caught a pass in each NFL game he has played (58).
Randy Moss (#84) – Veteran receiver who came out of retirement after sitting out the 2011 season. He ranks 2nd in NFL history with 156 career receiving touchdowns.
Bruce Miller (#49, Full) – Good at blocking and tackling. Finished the season tied for the team lead with 15 special teams tackles.
Frank Gore (#21) – Averaged over 100 yards for the playoffs and scored three touchdowns.
Check back tomorrow for the Ravens’ defense.
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