Here is the opening to my column about the 49ers-Lions game:
SAN FRANCISCO — I know what I know, and I’m not going to tell you how I know it. Agreed?
I knew for a fact against the Lions Alex Smith frequently called two plays in the huddle. He would come to the line of scrimmage, look around and, many times — yes many — killed the first play, and that meant the offense ran the second play.
But I wanted confirmation. Jim Harbaugh — Harbaugh the Vague and Evasive — was answering postgame questions at his postgame presser in his usual vague way when I asked if Smith called two plays in the huddle and sometimes killed the first play.
Harbaugh eyeballed me as only he can eyeball a media pest. And then he said, “Yes.” The coach actually answered a direct question and gave away a tiny fraction of what he calls “scheme,” and to him scheme is the holy of holies and he never talks about it. Except this time he did. Yes, he said.
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