Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by RishikeshA:
Baalke has done a standout job as GM. Harbaugh's ability to develop quarterbacks trumps anything that Baalke has done or will do.
Except he hasn't developed anyone yet. CK has tons of raw talent coming out of every pore in his body BUT he still leads a 30th ranked offense at the end of the day and ESPN the Magazine showed that Kaepernick had an accuracy rating of 54.6 percent under pressure last season, the worst mark in the NFL. Meanwhile, he was sacked on 20.2 percent of snaps when under duress, the fourth-worst rate among starters. Alex Smith used to be sacked a ton as well under Harbaugh's oversight but had a much higher completion percentage and spread the ball around much better but didn't have the explosive ability or upside CK has. Also, there are still many questions and concerns around CK's footwork, basic QB mechanics, one-read abilities, accuracy outside the sideline/intermediate passes, decision making esp. in the RZ, lack of use and accuracy in the short and deep passing game, etc. Let's also note too that CK was considered by many, most fans to have "regressed" last year.
Personally, with this archaic offense, I'd still need 2 more years before being in position to say, "Harbaugh developed CK."
I like Kap, but agree with pretty much all of this. He can and does do it all, but the consistency varies and that's where he struggles. While Harbaugh gets the credit for turning around Alex's career, there is statistical proof that process had begun slightly before Harbaugh arrived and imo he gets too much credit for that.
[ Edited by WINiner on Mar 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM ]