SANTA CLARA — No matter that opponents are stacking extra defenders next to the line of scrimmage. The San Francisco 49ers are determined to run the football successfully, a key element of their offense that has been missing through the first two weeks of the season.
But offensive coordinator Greg Roman doesn't believe in forcing the issue.
Roman is taking a patient approach with a rushing attack that ranked fourth in the NFL last season but has struggled so far this year to get Frank Gore and the team's other running backs untracked.
"Our guys take a lot of pride in running the football and it's an important part of what we do," Roman said Thursday. "There is a time, though, where if they overplay it, I don't know that we're just going to bang our head into a brick wall all day. We want to give our guys a chance to be successful."
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has rushed for 28 more yards than the rest of his teammates combined, but the Niners expect to start getting more conventional results on the ground this week when they host the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL's 29th-ranked run defense.