Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
Kaepernick was often asked: "Why do you thow to Crabtree so much?". His response: "Because he's open". Not: "Because I like throwing to him"; which is what those of you criticizing him are saying. What's he supposed to do? Not throw to his first open read just to satisfy the critics (who'll always have something to criticize anyway)?
All of this becomes: "he relies on Crabtree too much" or "he needs to learn how to find other receivers" (even if they are not, nor ever will be, open). Come on, guys!
This season, hopefully, some othe WRs beside Boldin emerge. Otherwise it'll be: "Kaepernick relies on Boldin too much" . . . BTW didn't Flacco do that?
I'm shocked that Kaepernick would say that. LOL! Is he likely to point out, or even see, his faults?
If you are referring to my post, it is not that I diminish other variables in the receiver/QB relationship, or team dynamic, but that it is human nature to grab your security blanket when you are under pressure. Crabtree was by far the most dependable receiver last year and had a rapport with CK that was developed on and off the field...a great security blanket.
Would it have been smart to force the ball to another receiver just to prove you can? Probably not...when the next two guys up are on the injured list. My perception of QB/WR relationships over the years is that the QB, at some point, needs to tell the WR "Sorry, but I'm going to spread the ball around." I recall Walsh criticizing Rice when he made an on field gesture that indicated he was unhappy Montana did not throw him the ball more. Montana just ignored the complaint and kept throwing it to the TE and 2nd WR until Rice was wide open for a TD.
Do I think WR is an inherently selfish position? Yes, it tends to attract me first guys who need to be coached to accept the game plan as implemented. CK may already be able to tell Crabtree to lineup and shut up...but I doubt it. He will grow into that confidence and not having Crabtree may help push that growth. It is not a huge criticism of a second year QB! He is already one of the best in the NFL and will just get better. This is an area I expect growth...and Jenkins, Patton, Manningham, Williams, etc. better be ready to step up!
Oops . . . didn't see this.
Yea . . . LOL . . . obviously, he's not going to make himself look limited.
Nevertheless, in my opinion Kaepernick is a different breed of QB, highly intelligent, with tremendous self confidence and maturity. Not all QBs entering the league are like that. Some come in with an outward show of bravado. Some of them are even highly intelligent. But once they play, it's obvious that they are rattled by the elements of the game. Maybe with those types, you sit them and allow them to assimilate the game from the bench. But there's no doubt that those types have the weaker psychology.
Not every QB (or player, forthat matter) "needs" to sit first to "get used to the speed of the game". The stronger, psychologically speaking, are able absorb, assimilate and adapt to the game immediately and can start immediately. Look, for example, at Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton. It's not the coaching that makes these guys special. Nor should they have "sat" first. They didn't need that; they were ready. It's an inherent quality that they possess. Kaepernick belongs in that group. Elite QBs come from that group/type of player. They never come in awed by the game, looking lost.
I say this by way of background in order to put remarks like "he relies on Crabtree too much" or "he needs to learn how to find other receivers" into perspective. Apart from being quite condescending, it paints a picture of a pscychologically weak QB running home to momma at the first sign of distress. Someone who needs to be weaned away from his bad habits. So it's a good thing that Crabtree got hurt. Otherwise Kaepernick would never be able to extract himself from this dependency.
IMO that is a misleading and disrespectful characterization. From my observations, sometimes Kaepernick tried too hard to spread around the ball. He understood that if he was successful in doing that, it would ultimately benefit the team. He didn't need to be "weaned" into doing that. So he threw to Delanie, who dropped the ball. He threw to Moss who made half-hearted efforts at fighting for the ball. Vernon is also not one to lay out for the ball. I dare say that if any of them was more reliable, they would have seen a lot more balls. It's not as if Moss and Vernon were open that much either. Vernon attracted double coverage. He tried forcing the ball into Moss with poor results.
Really the only reliable resort he had was Crabtree. He makes the judicious choice and people say he needs to stop doing that.
In truth other players need to step up. I agree with you: Of course Kaepernick will improve in recognizing reads and trends, but a greater onus is on certain players making themselves better targets.
BTW neither would I be concerned with Kaepernick being bullied into throwing to a particular receiver. If you watch his interaction with his teammates you realize that his rapport with them is at a different level.