SANTA CLARA -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes option packages deserve their increasing presence in NFL offenses, even after his call for an option-pitch Sunday helped spark the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss at St. Louis.
Other than say there were "too many moving parts," Roman declined to detail why the 49ers, from their 17-yard line with just over three minutes left, had Colin Kaepernick attempt an ill-fated toss to Ted Ginn Jr. The play resulted in a Rams' fumble recovery and touchdown.
"I'm not going to get into X's and O's," Roman said Thursday. "The result was not the intent of the play call."
Coach Jim Harbaugh has repeatedly stepped forward this week and accepted blame for what he admitted was too risky a call at that point in the game, with the 49ers ahead 10-2.
Roman, the 49ers' primary play caller, said of his duties: "Any play you call, bad things can happen ... and great things can happen."
When reviewing past calls, Roman noted he judges the play's intent and who's asked to do what on it. Roman sounds willing to again tap into Kaepernick's talent of read-option plays in the "WildKap."
"I do think it has a role relative to who you're playing against," Roman added. "Pittsburgh ran an option play against the Packers in the Super Bowl a couple years ago. It's in a lot of people's playbooks. ... Those kind of plays put pressure on defenses. It all comes down to execution."