Originally posted by xtm059:
Originally posted by NickSh49:
Originally posted by Rascal:
Let's be honest, it's pretty tough for youg receivers to be successful with the 9ers. The kid was only targetted 4 times in 6 games. KW should have been cut first.
Let's be honest. That's your opinion.
no, no not really
it is tough for recievers to stand out on a run-first team. fact.
it is difficult to stand out with 4 targets. fact.
kaepernick has a habit of not spreading the ball around. fact.
Thank you, that is exactly my point.
Just you wait, before we know it, Jon Baldwin might be history too.
Is interesting you brought up the point being a run-first team. Actually, last season after Kap took over under center we weren't exactly a "run-first" team in the truest sense. I think Daniel Jeremiah presented some stats comparison between 9ers last season and this season and the split between pass and run was 51% run and 49% pass, in other words pretty much 50/50 before our passing plays dramatically declined this season. We were definitely in the process of moving to a much more balanced offense until this season.
The problem is Kap pretty much only developed a rapport with Crab almost exclusively. As such, after Crab went down, we had almost 0 passing game left once teams decide to key in on Anquan (which the Packers totally failed to do). The point I am trying to make is if Kap can spread the ball around more amongst different WRs, 1) we would probably have a stronger passing game and 2) younger WRs or WRs lower down on the depth chart would have a better chance to improve and perform. 4 targets in 6 games is less than 1 target per game, that is hardly sufficient evidence for one to come to a definitive conclusion that a given wideout is a complete scrub.
Just to give you an idea how lob-sided the stats are, have a look at the following :
Anquan - 38 receptions out of 62 targets in 8 games
Vernon - 29 receptions out of 47 tragets in 7 games
Marlon - 1 reception out of 4 targets in 6 games
Jon - 3 receptions out of 6 targets in 4 games
As shown, is more than apparent if you are not named Anquan or Vernon, you pretty much have next to no chance to succeed. I don't know whether this is totally on Kap or due to the playcalls, but one thing we do know is that some of these secondary receivers have been open after further review when the initial blame or reason given was noone got open. But, to your point, either Kap or G Ro are not comfortable with these other targets when our primary targets are shut down, we have since moved back to being a run-first team as a result, not necessarily we had to. And if we don't start throwing to other targets, I just don't know how anyone else can produce for us. The problem is Mario is already on his way back with Crab not far behind, so I guess the situation will only become worse for Baldwin.