January 18, 2013
Faking it isn't easy, even for 49ers' Kaepernick
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs off the field after throwing a touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter during their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in San Francisco, California, January 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Those belly-fake, option-keepers we see the NFL’s new-wave quarterbacks executing aren’t quite as easy as they might appear.

Last Saturday night in their 45-31 defeat of the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers ran seemingly half their plays out of the pistol (or short shotgun) formation.

When quarterback Colin Kaepernick hands off either to Frank Gore or LaMichael James up the gut, that’s easy enough. But when he fakes the handoff and pulls to run, it’s not that simple.



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