Originally posted by SofaKing:
I watch quite a bit of Stanford football, and even they appear to bog themselves down with simplistic/stubborn playcalling at times.
It really could be as simple as the defenses are so much better in the NFL. Luck is certainly a good decision maker, where he is far ahead of Kaepernick, but Kaepernick was completing short passes in the second half at will...he had no difficulty until he got greedy and went for the home-run to Crabtree...the interception. Stanford could power their way over teams...as they did in the Orange Bowl with Luck. However, they ran into trouble when the team came up against teams with great front sevens.
I'm still not able to assess who/where the blame should go. Roman's offense is not my kind of tea, so it is easy for me to blame him. But Kaepernick has not been the cool, collected QB I had hoped he would be. There were a couple of shots of his face at the line of scrimmage that looked less than confident. And he played like it.
Taking Kaepernick's miscues one at a time:
1) First fumble--trying to do too much, but at least trying to keep his eyes downfield. Did not hear the player coming due to noise. If he kept the ball more secure it could have been avoided but he tends to hold it out from his body when he runs. Didn't think it was too bad...and Goodwin bailed him out.
2) Second fumble--same as above, but when you've been burned once in a game shouldn't that remind you of ball security? Trying to be too perfect and should have run. I give him a pass
3) First interception--terrible, terrible decision! Just horrible! But...he tends to throw a flat, fast ball when he is keyed up and with a bit of loft it would have been a first down...as it was later.
4) Second interception--some are suggesting Kaepernick and Crabtree had their egos in the way, but according to Harbaugh it was the call from him. I'm sick of seeing Kaepernick ignore everyone except Crabtree when the game's on the line. Too harsh? Probably, but he had VD, Boldin, Patton...and they were all more open than Crabtree. If it was a designed play it certainly didn't fool Seattle...at all! So...Harbaugh has a decision on his hands...if he made that call he needs to rethink the one receiver concept. If Kaepernick locked on then Harbaugh has to wonder..."Can I teach this guy how to play NFL caliber QB?"
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM ]