Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Marvin49:
Vernons numbers would have looked alot different if he were capable of making a diving catch. Neither of the two passes (TDs BTW) that were overthrown to him were very far off the mark.
Had a coach once who taught that 90% of diving catches were unnecessary. Running through to the ball gained just as much ground unless you can launch yourself from a running position--and most people can't. Hearing that I have never criticized receivers for not diving...not reaching? Sure. VD has never been accused of being nimble so I'm not sure you should criticize him for his physical limitations.
VD's problem has always been catching the ball over his shoulder or head, or in awkward positions...including reaching behind him. He has improved a great deal over the past few years and has likely changed his exercise routine to decrease power-lifting and increase flexibility.
Bolded part . . . nail . . . head!
Also, it's difficult for a leopard to change his spots. As Singletary identified "it's all about himself". You can gloss it over by with making him a captain, touting the "team" line, etc. But the essential character will eventually shine through. His intelligence is limited. He doesn't accept responsibility for his shortcomings. For instance, in dicussing his lack of catches, he puts it all on Kaepernick - "it's to be expected, he's young, he's still learning, etc.", "As a leader of this team, I . . . I . . . I". He's very condescending. No trace of the humility one sees in great players. The opposite of Gore, Willis, etc.
We got a glimpse of this last weekiend with his complaints on the sideline.
[ Edited by Rsrkshn on Dec 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM ]