Originally posted by awp8912:
Originally posted by Phil:
Baldwin, Williams and Moore are no good but I also worry about Kaps field vision. He didn't seem to go through progressions on any sort of consistent basis. My take is this- Kaps run threat depends on him not sticking around in the pocket. He looks one, maybe two guys over and takes off if nothing is there. Sometimes he'd force it into his first read, into tight coverage (Boldin). Early last season we tried to reign in Kaps run and turn him into more of a pocket passer and he simply wasn't prepared for it. Played his entire football career as running QB. My main worry this season (on offense) is if Kap can take advantage of 2, 3 even 4 very good WR's on the field at the same time. He hasn't shown that he can sit in the pocket and pick secondaries apart. Our O line didn't do that great in pass protection last season either but, point blank, Kaps game needs to progress. People don't like hearing this but oh well.
I dont see how he's going to be a run threat while also taking the time to go through progressions (time meaning about 2 seconds but this time matters). I think Kap needs to unlearn his college years style of play and sit in the pocket longer, really take those extra couple seconds to look the field over. Stop making the decision to throw to his comfort zone or first read. If that means he takes a couple few sacks so be it. Not on every play but some plays need to be designed where he either throws or takes the sack. Running not even being an option unless it's just an obvious hole with nothing but daylight on the other side as/if the play breaks down. Try to be more of a Steve Young run threat rather than Micheal Vick run threat. Sit in the pocket for a couple seconds without running on your mind, look over the 4 very good WR's we have. With Johnson's style of play that's what's necessary as well. He improvises routes and he' not always going to be on target X at the right time.
This is part of the reason we brought Whitfield in but Kap should have been working with him in the offseason. It seems like he, and a lot of us, are in denial when it comes to his shortcomings. This season will be the season for him to advance. if he struggles like he did most of last season we're going to have some uncomfortable realities to face because with out current WR core there's no reason our passing game shouldn't drastically improve. If it doesnt improve this season, at the least, I'd like to see Roman gone. I still think Kap should have worked with Whitfield in the offseason. Daily. From what I've been reading Whitfield hasnt even been very active with Kap. More so with the other 3 QB's. I'll probably get bashed for this post but oh well.
Last season was an extreme and had more to do with Roman than Kap. Our Offense had decoy routes in them, so Kap not looking at his 3rd or 4th progression, if he even had that on the field, was designed into the game plan, most of the time. Whether Kap could have or couldn't have gone through his progressions, was irrelevant a lot of the times because he was asked to read the defense pre snap and then hit his #1 Wr when the ball got snapped.
As far as running when his first read isn't there, he had less rushing yards and less rushing attempts than Wilson and Newton last season. So if he isn't throwing to his second/third read at all, isn't running as much as the other running Qbs, please explain what he was doing? So much hyperbole is made with Kap and his progressions, it's ridiculous.
Ohh and lets not act like he didn't throw for 10k yards in Nevada. Kap is a good soldier, I'm pretty certain last season had more to do with our initial WR problems and Roman adapting with a crappy game plan around that.
Kap is a trusted agent (lol) he just needs to improve his game. It's undeniable what happened last season after the GB game. Why it happened is debatable I guess but our passing game sucked against Seattle, Indy, Houston, Ten, Jax, Carolina, and NO. It was bad all around and Kap looked like a deer in the headlights. Sure, yes, a large part of it was the crappy WR core BUT great QB's can do better than we did even with that crappy WR core. I'm not saying Kap cant pass I'm saying they tried to adjust his game away from his college style (read option) and it didn't work so well combined with the fact we didn't have the WR core to help develop Kaps game. There were many many plays when WR's were wide open and he didn't even look their way. This happened all the way up to the NFCCG.
There's work to be done with Kap and I'm not sure it's being done. Our offense will improve, I dont think there's any way our passing game will suffer this season as it did in the above mentioned 2013 games but I'm also not sure it will be as good, no, GREAT as it could be with the weapons we have. This is an allstar cast they've put together- Gore, Davis, Crabtree, Boldin, Johnson, Lloyd....most QB's in the league would kill to have that. I'm 75% sure Kap will improve his game noticeably as it already did improve when Crabtree returned last season but a lot needs to improve. His progressions, his completion percentage, his tendency to only target one WR in the redzone etc.
I 100% completely agree with Steve Young's friendly criticism. It's not crapping on Kap it's simply pointing out where he needs to improve and this is teh season to do it with the weapons we have BUT I dont think he put in the work in the offseason. From the interview and various articles I've read it's almost like he and the team are in a sort of denial- although they brought Whitfield in....yet from what I'm reading Whitfield isn't working with Kap much and didn't at all in the off season.