Here is the opening to my column from the Niners’ opener:
SAN FRANCISCO — There was a dominant theme leading up to the 49ers’ 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers in San Francisco’s first game of the season. So, pay attention.
The week prior, everyone talked about the read-option play quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs like an artist. Fans talked about it. Little children talked about it. Grandmothers talked about it.
The read option — something only aficionados knew about a few years ago — became common parlance around here, the very ground of being. People in supermarkets were handing off wheat bread near the deli aisle to demonstrate the read-option.
And then the game started and the craziest two things happened. After all that noise on TV and in Green Bay and in bars, the Niners barely used the read-option. And one of the Packers’ defenders, Clay Matthews by name, went absolutely bat guano over the read-option in its absence. It’s always sad to see a grown man lose his mind. More on Matthews anon.
Why is it important that the 49ers did not use the read-option?
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