5 Scheme Changes the San Francisco 49ers May Implement in 2012

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5 Scheme Changes the San Francisco 49ers May Implement in 2012
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It's well-known that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff are well-prepared individuals who display an impressively high level of football ingenuity.

After an extremely successful offseason that earned high marks from many pundits around the NFL, the men in charge of the X's and O's now have the required weaponry to unleash their creativity on the gridiron in full.

There is no lockout-shortened offseason to wipe out OTA's and severely hamper the NFL's new coaching staff's ability to implement their playbooks to the extent that they'd like.

Not this year.

The 49ers will return all 11 starters on defense from a year ago, and the offense now features new weapons everywhere you look. Quarterback Alex Smith is working hard on everything he should be to ensure he can allow Harbaugh to lengthen his leash and help the Niners get this offense off the ground.

Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio each have a flair for unleashing the unexpected, and you can bet they're chomping at the bit to unleash their entire bag of tricks during the upcoming season.

The 49ers and their championship-caliber roster are no longer a secret, so diversity will be a necessary focus in order to continue the winning trend.

Training camp is seemingly just around the corner, and the high level of focus and team chemistry in the Golden City will allow this motivated squad to make the most of their preseason preparations.

With coach Harbaugh, nothing is out of the equation. A surprise can come at any moment.

Harbaugh loves to let all things possible remain a mystery, but here are five schemes the 49ers have not used often (or at all) in recent years that may conceivably receive more attention in 2012.

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