Battle Tested Win

And on the occasion of his first game calling plays for the 49ers, new offensive coordinator Jim Hostler dialed up an end-around run by wide receiver Arnaz Battle, who took the ball into the end zone from a yard out with 22 seconds left to provide San Francisco with a startling win.

“Two years ago, guys in the huddle would have hoped we could score. Today we knew we could score,” Smith said.

Coach Mike Nolan said the 49ers had worked on the Battle end-around play in training camp but deliberately withheld running it in the preseason.

“That is the first chance we had an opportunity to run it in a game,” Nolan said. “That was one of the plays we worked on. It’s an efficient play. It’s been in our offense for a few years.”

Full Story: A Battle Tested Win – [San Francisco Chronicle]

~ by O9 on September 11, 2007.

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