Originally posted by NinerGM:
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Agreed...I highly doubt he went that next level and looked at play design/play calling/passing philsophy...I know Gruden, Tirico and Dilfer touched on it (as did Harbaugh in his play description on the final INT) but I think initially, most are just looking at outcomes (i.e. CK is only looking to his first read). Well duh...that's the play design often times (i.e. team passing concept: AR1 or 2). We just don't see this MUCH at the NFL level so he's probably assuming every passing play is a PS play and that there are built in progressions and that CK is just honing in on his first (and only) read b/c he's so raw; it's all his issue. But we all know that is not always the case.
I have no idea what Cossell is or is not assuming. As far as I can tell, Gruden et al commented on elements of Kaepernick's game and play calling.
Talking about those elements is entirely different than talking about this proposed theory. Those elements just do not constitute a theory.
By the way, what is a PS play? Is this an element in this AR construct? Maybe, I just dumb, but these terms (PS play, AR 1 and AR2) are new to me.
The simple fact is few, if any outside of this forum, have talked about or are talking about this AR theory (AR 1 or AR 2, or whatever it is called).
As I said in a previous post. It will be interesting to see if the AR theory escapes the confines of Niner Talk.
It long has since and has been commented on regularly. AR is the same as "simplified read".
Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have done a brilliant job working around these factors. Armed with the talented resources surrounding Kaepernick, they've constructed the NFL's most creative power running game. In the passing game, they've managed to highlight Kaepernick's skills through shrewd yet simplified designs. Even then, Kaepernick still can randomize things. Here's a great example:
What does Harbaugh tell his young QB when studying this play on film? Obviously, it was a great run, but Kaepernick ignored the essential timing and mechanics that quarterbacks and coaches work on so diligently. Does Harbaugh remind Kaepernick that, while running worked this time, he can't count on it regularly in similar situations? (There have been plenty of occasions in which Kaepernick has left open receivers on the field to scramble for negligible yards or throw a late incompletion.) Or does Harbaugh just pat his young star on the back (likely a tad too hard—just ask Jim Schwartz) and implore him to do it again?
While defenses fear Kaepernick's running, they also know exactly how to make him uncomfortable: by keeping him in the pocket. Inevitably, there will be crucial situations in which Kaepernick has to make plays strictly with his arm. The Niners learned this the hard way at the end of last year's Super Bowl. With the Ravens often using an all-out blitz in the red zone, San Francisco had to ask its quarterback to make quick, tight-window throws. Kaepernick did not come through.
When I couple this with what Grant discussed in his article ...... how the coaches should help guide their young inexperienced QB through the most difficult times in games (i.e. situational football), I'm left to wonder about the Greg Romans and for that matter JH coaching acumen in critical times when it counted for all the marbles.
AR is simply putting the control and power into the hands of HaRoMan. Period. It fits their M.O. AR is nothing more than "scheming a guy open" whether that's via a designed CK run or designed passing play. The focus is on "execution by all." Nothing more. It's as much on CK to execute the play as it is on the AR and esp. the non-AR's when these designed plays are dialed up in the huddle. As to the play highlighted above...this is THE most common play we run in the RZ...roll right, quick pass to Crabtree. Crabtree is the AR in this designed play...one we've seen over and over and over and over since before even the Superbowl here. CK is to get the ball out right away or ad lib...and ad lib is, ironically, where we scored most of our TD's esp. since Crabtree came back this year.
As to your point, it DOES help the QB because it simplfies things and when these AR play designs work, they work well. We all know the downside of them as well.
So at this junction, I have very little doubt, with all the repetitive patterns we've seen to date, more and more and more of this is falling on offensive philosophy and proper coaching and in-game situational game awareness by all. CK's "mindset" is not right (nor are his mechanics) and he lacks game readiness often times and we all know he needs his 10,000 hours of experience as well.
BUT, I'm not seeing the progress with our scheme/philosophy or coaches learning from their own issues/errors at well esp. in critical situations. That scares me and that may be while CK seemed to plateau or even regress this year and we ended up with the same end results despite having all the same weapons (actually, we were better than last year) on the field.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jan 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM ]