The success of Hickey's planning was attested by Detroit's Wilson, who summed up the 49ers and their shotgun this way: "I don't think there are any other teams in the NFL that could use that style of offense. We couldn't because our quarterbacks can't run that well. San Francisco also has a lot of speed at the halfbacks and the quarterbacks can spot receivers much faster, because they're standing still when they get the ball.
"But I don't think it will work forever for the 49ers," Wilson concluded. "The drawback? Well, the day will probably come along when they get to a wet field. If the footing isn't there for those halfbacks, or the ball is too wet to throw, they'll be in trouble."
Red Hickey has already thought of that. He still figures to spend anywhere from a quarter to half of any game moving out of the conventional T. The shotgun is for the moment when he needs a big explosion.
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