Originally posted by fryet:I wonder if my perception of this is correct. What does everyone else think?
Comparing Kaep and Alex, the offense is now more explosive. Longer pass plays. Shorter drives that end in a TD. However, when passing the ball on first or second down, we either go 15 yards for a first, or it is second/third and ten. With Alex you would have a higher chance to be second and 5. The reason why this matters, is it is harder to call a running play on second and ten (and never on third and 10). So you run a little bit less, because the down and distance is less favorable.
So in the end, under Alex Smith, you had a more effective running game, and longer time consuming drives that would keep the defense well rested. Often they would stall out before you reached the end zone, but scoring points usually wasn't that much of an issue for the offense. With Kaep, the points come in bunches. You score quickly or you have a three and out. The running game keeps the defense honest, but you are more app to either have 3 straight runs and 3 straight passes, than run pass run.
In the end, both ways have been effective, and fast scoring has the potential to consistently put up 30 points a game.
From what I've seen Kaepernick has been getting about the same amount of pass attempts, so it's hard to say we're running the ball less. Against the Patriots we had a couple quick scoring drives. Those can tax the defense, but I think putting 7 on the board is worth it.