Originally posted by HUGGY:
Originally posted by Rascal:
I would like to to focus more on the way they throw the ball if I may. I have been paying very close attention to Kaep's tendencies and I would like to see whether you might have noticed the same.
What I've found is Kaep tends to throw the ball with a much flatter trajectory. For short to intermediate distance passes it makes perfect sense as they are darts type throws. The ball essentially shoots passed tight windows and so forth. However, for the deeper passes and in particular fades, I don't know whether it is by tendency or lacking in technique, the trajectory also seems somewhat flatter than most other QBs' throws without much air under the ball. Ideally, I would imagine you would want the ball to land close to vertical as possible which makes it far easier for the receiver to catch without having to extend the body in a big way. Because Kaep's ball trajectory tends to be flatter, as such the ball tends to land in a much shallower angle with the ball almost going away from the receiver which makes it harder to catch. If you look at Russell Wilson's deep balls, they tend to be high balls with more of an inverted U-shaped trajectory. Flacco's deep balls are the same.
Like I said, I don't know whether it is a technique or tendency issue. It could also be an issue of touch. Personally, I would like to see a higher ball from Kaep for those deep throws as I believe it will help to increase the completion % of such big plays.
Any thoughts ?
I agree. When the deep ball noses over right into the hands of a WR I get a semi. RW throws a sexy deep ball.
Kaep doesn't arc it too much right now, but lets not get crazy.
According to PFF, Kaepernick has the highest completion % in the NFL on passes over 20 yards. He HAS been able to show touch on passes (and I could show you had my Kaep vid on youtube not been pulled by the NFL). Two passes come to mind in particular...in his first start vs the Bars on monday night he threw what might be one of the prettiest passes I've ever seen. Into tight coverage, over the receivers shoulder, running away from him....perfect placement to Kyle Williams. That throw just made my jaw drop.
The second was vs the Packers to Vernon Davis. Deep pass. As Aikman said "he couldn't have placed it better if he'd ran up and handed it to him".
No, he doesn't have that rainbow pass right now, but he's one of the most ACCURATE deep ball throwers I've ever seen. He just doesn't throw jump balls.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Apr 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM ]