Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers (56) tackles San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second half at LP Field. The 49ers beat the Titans 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/21: Kaepernick Sparks Victory, Burns to Shave, Kings Needs Accuracy

Kaepernick Sparks Victory

There have been moments this season when the 49ers did show offensive cohesion. But it’s been in fits and starts. Sunday felt different. The 49ers were in control on offense all day.

It’s no coincidence that for the first time all season, Kaepernick was unleashed to operate his personal favorite power tool in the shed, the read-option. It’s the play where Kaepernick carries the ball parallel to the line of scrimmage, then either hands off the ball or fakes a handoff before carrying the ball swiftly around the end himself, assuming his hangnails cooperate.

And guess what? The 49ers looked exactly the way we expected them to look when we anticipated how the season would look.

– Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

Burns to Shave Beard

On Saturday, the Sharks announced that Burns will be removing all of that hair on Nov. 1 in “Burnzie’s Buzzcut for Charity.”

In an effort to raise donations to support Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation, Burns is going to allow one of his teammates to give him a buzz cut and shave his beard on Nov. 1.

From now until October 31, the Sharks Foundation will be accepting donations with the goal of raising $5,000 for each of these worthwhile charities.

– The Fourth Period

King Needs Accuracy, Not Power

Marquette King has broken punts down into two basic categories: Tiger and Ruth.

Raiders special teams coach Bobby April created the terminology, which tells King exactly what to do.

Some times King needs to act like Tiger Woods, deliver an accurate shot that drops drops inside the 20. Other times he needs to be like Babe Ruth and hit a towering home run.

King has the big swing down. It’s the accurate punts that have escaped him. King is tied for worst with six touchbacks in as many games. Only two punters has fewer than his five punts downed inside the 20.

Tiger would not be proud.

– Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area

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