San Francisco 49ers: Offensive Plays That Will Be Key to Success in 2012

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San Francisco 49ers: Offensive Plays That Will Be Key to Success in 2012
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Last season, the San Francisco 49ers were led to the NFC championship game by a strong defense and average offense. This upcoming season, as the 49ers look to make another run towards a Super Bowl, an offensive improvement is necessary.

That said, quarterback Alex Smith had a resurgence in 2011 that possibly merits his first overall selection. Much credit can be given to first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.

If the 49ers' success is to continue, though, Smith's passing game will need to be a more integral part of the offense. 

The following are pass plays the 49ers should consider using next year for they are not only simple, but also generated success for Smith in 2011.

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