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Grant Cohn: Jaguars offer opportunity for 49ers to test-drive a few options

The 49ers should give Gore the week off. Why not? The Jaguars have the worst run-defense in the league. They can't hold their ground against the 49ers' elite offensive line.

The 49ers should give the ball to Kendall Hunter. The Niners need Hunter. They have run the ball on 62 percent of their plays the past three games, and Gore has gotten most of those carries. The 49ers need a No.2 running back to share the load with their 30-year-old No.1 running back.

Last season, Hunter averaged more than 5 yards per carry before he tore his Achilles' tendon. This season, he's averaging less than 4 yards per carry and just five carries per game. The 49ers should give him 30 carries against the Jaguars. Build the young running back's confidence.

Build Kyle Williams' confidence, too. He's the No. 2 receiver and Colin Kaepernick has thrown him only four passes the past four games.

Two weeks ago against the Cardinals, Kaepernick threw to Williams for the first time in the fourth quarter. It was third-and-7 and the 49ers were backed up in their own territory. If Williams had dropped the pass, the 49ers might have lost. But he caught it and the 49ers won.

Last week against the Titans, Williams again had to wait until the fourth quarter for his first pass, a deep one down the left sideline. It was high and he jumped and dropped it.

To use a basketball metaphor, it's like the 49ers are freezing out their starting two-guard the whole game and then asking him to hit the game-winning shot at the end.

This Sunday, the 49ers should get the ball in Williams' hands in the first quarter, get him some layups. He'll be facing one of the worst cornerbacks in the NFL, Alan Ball, who has zero ball sense.

When this game turns into a blowout, Harbaugh should take out Kaepernick and insert Colt McCoy because if Kaepernick gets injured in a blowout against the Jaguars, Harbaugh should fire himself. And McCoy could use game-speed experience, even if it's against the Jaguars.

Besides all of that, the 49ers can do whatever they want on offense. Go crazy.


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