Originally posted by Jersey9er:
Originally posted by 12b6demurrer:
Originally posted by fly15:
thanks...! just one question.
How do you know Kap is not mentally ready?? just curious
He's still playing at college speed at times. Alex Smith had the same issues as a rookie (and into his later years as well). Hesitance on choosing a receiver, staring receivers down, and relying on his ability to run when he can't outrun NFL caliber players as much as he could against college players.
That being said, I don't consider it a knock against him. No rookie quarterback, in any ideal situation, should start during their rookie year. Sam Bradford performed horribly by NFL standards, and that was considered a GOOD year for a rookie. Matt Ryan was kind of an outlier, and he wasn't even that statistically impressive. Even Peyton Manning, who is a certfiable God of quarterbacks, threw 28 interceptions his rookie year. I think Kap has the skills to be QB of the future. Let's give him a fair chance and sit on the bench for a while.
spot on again, i have to say that some fans of the zone feel that he should be considered to really start now. I remember yesterday in the old thread Norcal9er said witout bias in regards to Smith and Kap, however, the bias is exactly what it was to see Kap sooner than later, regardless of what 99% of all beat writers/reporters were reporting that he's not ready to start just yet.
I think Kap can really be something special, only time will tell. And the biggest knock on Kap is that he's indecisive and hesitant in the pocket, and he also rolls out a lot to try and throw off the defender. Now by no way is this a knock on him, because like another Zoner said all those things can be fixed in time. We have to keep in mind he is just a rookie. Even he has stated that he has to do a better job of reading defenses and working through his progressions because a lot of the stuff he got away with in college, wont work in the NFL.
And I've heard from most reporters talking about him that his current issue is that he doesnt look too comfortable standing in the pocket just yet. But as far as the intangibles, arm strength, accuracy, etc, he's by far the better QB. I say just imagine him adding the pocket presence to his craft, and we might really have someone that teams better really watch out for in the future.
One more knock on Kap that I have heard frequently is that he is so long-limbed, his throwing motion is rather slow, especially on mid-range to long passes.
As all Zoners know, an NFL QB has to be able to get rid of the ball quickly so it may take some time to tweak Kap's throwing mechanics. Just saying.
Obviously, this guy has great physical attributes. He is also passionate about the game, works his butt off, says all the right things, and seemingly, knows what he has to work on. Plus, he has a great mentor in Harbaugh showing him the way. His future looks very bright.