Shanahan zigs when they zag

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Shanahan zigs when they zag
Shanahan zigs when they zag

Sam Monson of PFF recently documented just how strong the swing to the pass game — and away from base defenses — is in the NFL: This take is not wrong, but it shows the wisdom of Kyle Shanahan's scheme — which goes in the opposite direction. He is zigging while everyone else zags, a high-risk, high-reward strategy. Shanahan is building a run-first offense based on the outside zone run and play-action passes. He can force defenses into their base package, which they're stupid to build up because everyone else is going the other direction. And division rival Arizona is precisely one of the teams not equipped to handle a strong run game. The Niners now have three outstanding backs (Tevin Coleman,

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