Found October 20, 2013 on Pro Football Spot:
Protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback. In today's pass-happy NFL, the phrase protect the quarterback might as well be the most popular sports adage in the United States.And even though the 49ers are one of the few remaining powerhouse running teams in the league, they can simply not afford a significant injury to their star quarterback Colin Kaepernick with an unproven Colt McCoy as the backup.Therefore, as frustrating as it might be for 49er fans to see Kaepernick ducking down and/or sliding fairly early before contact on quarterback runs, it has been done for good reason. Not only have NFL defensive coordinators been heavily studying the read-option (hasn't nearly been as big this year around the league) but quarterbacks are now treated as runners and are more prone to big hits on the read-option.Until this week against Tennessee the 49ers hadn't been running the famous play nearly as often. But against the Titans Kaepernick found op...
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