Alex Smith, who has been in around-the-clock meetings with new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson since the change was made, today said the team needed to be more flexible on offense and it needed to exploit mismatches with the defense instead of sticking with the same approach - and the same personnel groups -- from week to week.
"I do think there will be more variation," Smith said. "I think personnel and formations and things like that, there will be some different things. I think we'll find out how they're going to play certain personnel, find out how they're going to play certain formations and then go from there."
Smith said he thought parts of the spread offense, something that Johnson studied in 2008 and helped implement in the 49ers system last season, would be used, but that the 49ers wouldn't fully commit to any one style. "You have to be able to present a lot of different things to the defense," he said. "You have to be able to make the defense defend a lot of different things."