49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco was asked if the team was going to open up the playbook for QB Alex Smith more in 2012. He responded:
If you're asking whether I believe the 49ers are going to change their offensive philosophy to more of a "pass-first" approach, the answer is absolutely no.
But there is a strong chance the 49ers will attempt a higher percentage of passes because they might not be playing with a lead this season as much as they did a year ago.
The 49ers do not want to throw the ball more. But they want to throw the ball more effectively when they do throw it. They expect to be better on third downs and inside the red zone, that's for sure.
But the same overall approach as last season will be in play.